Nordstrom will spend more than $3 million next year to remodel its store in the Crossroads Plaza.

That word comes from Robert Middlemas, general manager of Nordstrom Utah, who said that in spite of the soft economy in many parts of the country, Nordstrom is doing fine with three stores and a distribution center in Utah that employ 650 people.Middlemas, who will leave his present position on Dec. 31 for a position with the company in Chicago, told of some company plans during the 88th annual membership meeting of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Friday in Little America. Nordstrom sponsored the luncheon, which attracted 660 people.

He said Nordstrom stores in Utah were outpacing the stores in other parts of the country although the company still has the highest amount of sales per square foot of any department store chain. He will be replaced by Tim Stetner, who has been managing the Nordstrom operation in Alaska.

Preceding a fashion show by the store, retiring members of the chamber's board of governors were honored for their three years of service.

They are W. Mack Lawrence, former Utah vice president and chief executive officer of US WEST Communications; Dallas H. Bradford, managing partner of Arthur Andersen & Co.; David L. Gillette, a member of the board of directors of the law firm of Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall and McCarthy; Karen H. Huntsman, director and vice president of Huntsman Chemical Corp.; William N. Jones, chairman of the board of trustees of Intermountain Health Care; and John C. Pingree, general manager of the Utah Transit Authority.

Each received a plaque from Mark Miller, board chairman, and Lawrence received a plaque with a gavel, symbolic of his 12 months as chairman.

Lawrence, who recently retired from US WEST, recalled his 12-month tenure in a poem he wrote honoring the staff and chamber members who helped put on various events during the year ending June 30, 1990, and keeping track of legislation that affected business.

When he mentioned a person's name, he placed long-stemmed red roses in a vase and when he finished presented the flowers to Mae L. Charles, the chamber's veteran receptionist.

He said the after-hours meetings, lunches, Business to Business Expo, golf tournament, Leadership Utah, Utah Business Week and the annual membership luncheon are events that make the chamber an important member of the community.