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The upscale department-store chain plans to open four Canadian locations and take over three top sites that Sears Canada Inc. is abandoning this fall.

Nordstrom Inc. is an upscale department-store chain based in Seattle, with 231 stores in the United States, including its Rack off-price outlets. Pictured: A customer walks out of Nordstrom in the Canoga Park section of Los Angeles.

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Nordstrom carries conservatively stylish fashions and a wide range of footwear. It is also known for its highly-rated customer service, with no time restrictions on purchase returns at its mainstream stores. Pictured: A shopper enters a Nordstrom department store in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles.

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In the seventies when Nordstrom opened a store in Fairbanks, Alaska, it gave a woman a refund for a tire she brought in, even though the retailer doesn’t sell tires. The store that had occupied the space previously had sold tires. Pictured: A shopper checks out some of the new back-to-school collection at a Nordstrom store in Seattle, in this 2007 file photo.

Andrei Pungovschi/The Associated Press

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Nordstrom’s same-store sales jumped by 8.1 per cent in June, compared with a year earlier. It’s first full-line store will be launched in New York City in 2018. Pictured: Shoppers enter the Nordstrom store located at the Somerset Collection in Troy, Mich. during Black Friday in 2008.

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The company is teaming up with British cheap-chic chain Topshop to open in-store boutiques at Nordstrom stores this year. Pictured: Top Shop clothes store employee Camesha Henry fixes the clothing of a mannequin at the Queen St. W., store location in Toronto.

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