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Department Stores Make a Comeback?


Given the market's current preference for discount retailers and luxury stores, it's good to hear about a mid-market department store chain expanding. Lord & Taylor will reportedly open at least three new stores in the coming months.

The New York Post writes that:

The privately owned retailer, which also operates three lower-price outlet stores, is in preliminary talks with landlords to open still more locations during the next several years in additional states, including California, according to sources close to the company.

This is particularly good news given that only five years ago, the retail industry seemed ready to write Lord & Taylor off as a living ghost. Yet after undergoing a makeover, the chain seems to have found new vitality.

This fits in with the overall trend of department stores coming back into favor, along with regional malls.

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Elaine Misonzhnik

Senior associate editor Elaine Misonzhnik has been writing for National Real Estate Investor since June 2006 and has covered commercial real estate for more than 12 years. She first became...
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