Short Pump Town Center owners buy vacant Nordstrom building for $3.2M

The 120,000-square-foot building at 11812 W. Broad St. has been vacant since Nordstrom closed last year. (Mike Platania photo)

A year after closing its lone Richmond-area department store, a national retailer has unloaded the empty big box to its former landlords.

Nordstrom sold its now-vacant 120,000-square-foot Short Pump Town Center building at 11812 W. Broad St. to the mall’s owners last week.

The mall’s ownership group, made up of local developers Pruitt Associates, New York-based real estate giant Brookfield Properties and Australian investment firm QIC, paid $3.2 million for the property, according to Henrico County property records.

Pruitt Associates General Manager Tommy Pruitt confirmed the deal, and said they’ve received interest in the space.

“We’ll be repurposing that building, but I can’t say for what yet,” Pruitt said. “It could be for one tenant or multiple tenants.”

Nordstrom ended a 17-year run in Richmond last year when it closed the Short Pump location. The Seattle-based retailer had been an anchor tenant since the mall’s opening in 2003, and owned its building since 2002.

The building sold for about $1.5 million less than its current county-assessed value of $4.7 million. In 2020, the building and its two-acre parcel were assessed at $7.8 million. Two of the mall’s other anchor tenants, Dillard’s and Macy’s, also own their buildings.

The empty Nordstrom building makes up the lion’s share of the available space in Short Pump Town Center, which for years has boasted low vacancy rates, especially compared to other malls in the region.

Short Pump did, however, recently lose a tenant in Godiva Chocolatier.

In the spring, Henrico County held a planning session at which the mall’s long-term future was considered. Ideas floated included infill development on current mall parking lots, building-wrapped parking garages and multimodal transportation hubs.

Pruitt said he appreciates the county’s proactive approach.

“Who knows what’ll happen in the future, but at least they have helped … to say what could happen many years down the road. I don’t see any immediate changes (at the mall) in the near future,” Pruitt said. “We do applaud the county on their very proactive stance on always wanting to keep the Short Pump area vibrant.”

One thing that may happen near the mall in the near future is the addition of a new hotel. In April, Kalyan Hospitality submitted preliminary plans for a nine-story hotel on about two acres of green space just west of Short Pump Town Center.

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Brian Glass
Brian Glass
1 month ago

Purchasing the Nordstrom property was an excellent strategic move! It prevents “outsiders” from gaining a foothold in the premier mall in the metro area.

Justin Reynolds
Justin Reynolds
1 month ago
Reply to  Brian Glass

Given this building has been vacant for 16 months I’m not sure I’d call buying it now anything short of the bare minimum. It’s definitely a good decision given the lack of movement, but it didn’t need to take so long.

John Granger
John Granger
1 month ago

When I was a kid living in Seattle in the early 60’s, my best friend’s dad owned a big shoe store across the street from the University of Washington. Kids made fun of him because of the shoe store thing..
I guess he got the last laugh… his name was Dean Nordstrom.

Last edited 1 month ago by John Granger
John Fountaine
John Fountaine
1 month ago

I was so sad to see this national giant leave our shortpump mall ! I remember the excitement that was in the air 17 years ago when it arrived..How many economic hits can a conglomerate take before the white flag is raised! I hope this will NOT be a trend (closures) in our beloved area!!

Michael Dodson
Michael Dodson
1 month ago

Anyone at the center should see the vacancy when you leave Dillards. That wing (especially the upper level – after JCrew) all the way to closed Nordstorm entrance is vacant spaces or a few smaller local stores.

Doug Johnson
Doug Johnson
1 month ago

There was really no sense in keeping the Richmond store open after the Norfolk store closed, it would’ve been by itself in the middle of the DC Metro stores and the North Carolina ones.

Godiva closed down all of their brick and mortar stores so that has nothing do to with Short Pump.