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Now in its 105th year in business in Seattle, Nordstrom's roots are deep in Pacific Northwest history. Founder John W. Nordstrom, a Swedish immigrant, made $13,000 in the Klondike Gold Rush in Alaska. Along with a friend who owned a shoe business in Seattle, he invested his earnings in opening a shoe store. When they both retired many years later they sold their interests to Nordstrom's three sons. There are many Nordstrom stores throughout the USA now. This Nordstrom at 500 Pine Street in Seattle is their flagship store, and is across the street from the store's original location. Nordstrom Nordstrom+Seattle Nordstrom+Seattle+photoNordstrom+history Nordstrom+flagship+store