'Laughable': Canadians react to Nordstrom's first day of liquidation deals

Nordstrom's liquidation sale has officially begun, and Canadians have plenty of thoughts.

TORONTO, ON- MARCH 21  - Customers line up for the opening of the store. Nordstrom begins the process of closing its stores in Canada with the first day of a sale at the Eaton Centre in Toronto. March 21, 2023. The sale is modest, five percent across the store and 20 percent on winter attire.        (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Nordstrom Canada stores have begun their liquidation sale with deals of five per cent off across the store. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Nordstrom Canada has revealed the details surrounding their liquidation sale — and shoppers are unimpressed to say the least.

The company first announced that they would be shuttering Canadian operations and closing all 13 stores across the country back on March 2. However, it wasn't until this week that the liquidation process began in earnest, as Nordstrom required permission from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice before discounting merchandise.

Yahoo Canada reached out to Nordstrom Canada for comment, who revealed that "customers can shop up to 20% off beginning today, March 21."

"We do not have details about any further discount at this time," they shared.

Details about the sale were captured in a BlogTO video on Tuesday, which showcased a Toronto Nordstrom location with five per cent markdowns on full display.

The comments section of the video was flooded with responses from Canadians, many of whom were disappointed by the initial discounts.

"What kind of store gives you 5% off when going out of business. At least give me tax," one person wrote.

"Let me know when they enter their everything must go era," added another.

"Um 5% won’t cover my gas trip in savings," penned a third.

Shoppers on Twitter also shared their displeasure, with one user calling the sale "laughable."

Others online were more forgiving regarding the discounts, and reflected that the sale is similar to the way that Target operated when they left the Canadian market back in 2015.

Despite the lacklustre start to the sales, others are urging kindness from anyone looking to score bargain prices at Nordstrom.

"Nordstrom's starting sale is 5%. They haven’t had enough time to go through inventory [and] the deeper sale will probably be on the weekend," Tweeted writer and PR professional Lori Harito. "Be nice to the remaining employees— they’re being swarmed by shoppers but they haven’t been given enough information."

All six Nordstrom department stores and seven discount Nordstrom Rack stores are expected to close by late June, leaving 2,500 employees out of work.

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