Upscale retailer Lord & Taylor will open a department store at Annapolis Mall next fall, becoming the fifth anchor as the mall expands for the first time in four years.
Lord & Taylor will join Hecht Co., Nordstrom, J. C. Penney Co. and Montgomery Ward at the 990,700-square-foot mall.
"We believe this area can well support another fashion department store," Gerry Cecci, the mall's general manager, said yesterday. "The addition further solidifies our tenant mix and anchor tenant mix."
The New York-based department store chain will build a two-level, 120,000-square-foot store fronting on Bestgate Road.
The addition will be connected to the mall by a new 20,000-square-foot wing of small stores to be built by mall owner Westfield America Inc., a Los Angeles-based real estate investment trust.
The expansion is the first for the mall since 1993, when Nordstrom opened.
Lord & Taylor, a division of May Department Stores Co., has stores in White Flint Mall in Kensington and Lake Forest Mall in Gaithersburg. The retailer has previously announced plans to open three other Baltimore-area stores -- at Owings Mills Mall, the Mall in Columbia and White Marsh Mall.
Those locations are scheduled to open by fall, said Sunny Lebowitz, a Lord & Taylor spokeswoman.
In announcing the plans for Annapolis, Westfield America also said new stores will open in Bayshore, N.Y., and Meriden, Conn.
"With these new stores, we strengthen our ties to states that have already been an important part of our growth," said Marshall Hilsberg, chairman and chief executive of Lord & Taylor.
The Lord & Taylor chain of 63 stores in 17 states had sales of $1.7 billion last year.
Pub Date: 12/20/97