It’s still unclear if Lord & Taylor (L&T) will be shuttering all of its stores, including the North Avenue West location in Dowtown Westfield, after the department store’s parent company Le Tote announced its plan to file for bankruptcy. The large property L&T occupies in Westfield is owned by Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC). Mayor Shelley Brindle said she and HBC officials have an open dialogue about the site’s future.
“The eventual closing of L&T is something I’ve anticipated since I was elected, leading me to proactively engage in conversations with HBC beginning two years ago,” Mayor Brindle explained. “The anticipated designation of the L&T properties as ‘areas in need of redevelopment’ this week is one of the outcomes of my HBC conversations, allowing us to engage in earnest and public conversations with HBC to discuss future possibilities of the site.”
The Downtown Westfield Corporation and local leaders have eyed Lord & Taylor’s seven acre site as a potential cornerstone of Downtown revitalization efforts.
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