Nordstrom will close all of its U.S. stores in Iowa, including a flagship in Des Moines, because of the retailer’s decision to “inappropriately and negatively portray women in our stores,” according to the company’s vice president of corporate communications.
The company said it was working with its corporate leadership to “review and improve our dress code, dress code language and policies to ensure our associates and customers feel safe, comfortable and welcomed at our stores and across the world.”
Nordstrom did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Des Moines Police Department declined to comment.
Earlier this month, Nordstrom’s parent company, Nordwest, said it would close four stores in the state, including one in Desmoines.
That sparked a backlash from women’s groups and some conservatives, who claimed the move was retaliation for Nordstroms recent criticism of the “birther” movement.