Lord And Taylor closing

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: A woman walks out of Lord & Taylor's flagship store on 5th Avenue in Manhattan on June 6, 2018 in New York City. The 192-year-old chain owned by Canada's Hudson's Bay Co has announced Tuesday it was closing 10 of its 50 stores, including its iconic 5th Ave location. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Lakeside Mall Lord + Taylor Store Closing In September

June 05, 2019 - 3:43 pm

STERLING HEIGHTS (WWJ) - The Lord + Taylor store inside Lakeside Mall will close after this summer, according to a WARN notice filed with the State of Michigan.

The notice, dated June 4, states that the  store will be a permanently closing with an expected closing date of Sept. 15, 2019.

According to the state, 97 workers -- including two in management -- are expected to be laid off. The employees, which are not represented by a union, were notified of the pending closure on Tuesday. 

Once an anchor of what was once a bustling suburban shopping center, the department store has been struggling in a changing retail world. 

On its website, Lord + Taylor describes itself as "an American tradition with a rich history and culture to be proud of," and "a store of firsts" -- including  being the "oldest American store of its kind," the first to open a branch location, the first to offer personal shopping, the first to champion emerging designers and the first to have a female president.

Visiting the WWJ studios early this year, Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor acknowledged that Lakeside has been struggling, talking about long term plans for massive property at Hall Rd. (M-59) and Schoenherr Rd.

"There's a lot still to uncover and there's going to be a long process here involved," Taylor said. "But what the city's doing is we're trying to make it as easy as possible for a new developer or a team of new developers to come in."

"...We don't build shopping malls anymore with that parking, and we'd like to see that developed with institutional uses, hospital uses, like a downtown city center with gridded streets -- and we think it could really take off," he added. "But a lot of things have to happen still, and Lakeside Mall is still hanging on. It's still viable, there are still tenants in there that are open for business; but the mall knows and the city knows that it has to evolve with the evolving shopping habits of the customers out there." 

Lord + Taylor also has two additional locations in metro Detroit: Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills.