Nordstrom is a chain of American luxury department stores that is found in the United States. This company was founded by a man named John W. Nordstrom in the year 1901. Nordstrom began as a retailer of shoes but has since expanded their inventory to sell handbags, clothing, jewelry, accessories, fragrances and cosmetics. Some different Nordstroms also have home furnishing and wedding departments. Nordstrom has approximately 312 stores in 40 states as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. They employ over 72,000 people in their many locations. Their headquarters is in Seattle, Washington.