Lord & Taylor goes out of business after nearly 200 years

NEW YORK (AP) — Lord & Taylor, one of the United States’s (US) oldest department store chains, is going out of business after filing for bankruptcy earlier this month.

The retailer was sold just a year ago for USD100 million to Le Tote, a San Francisco online clothing rental company, by Canadian parent Hudson’s Bay Co.

Lord & Taylor will permanently close its remaining 38 stores and shut down its website, the company said last Thursday. It is currently holding going out of business sales in stores and online. Founded as a dry goods store in 1826, Lord & Taylor has struggled for years as more people shop online and in other stores. But the pandemic has changed the way people shop, accelerated the shift to online shopping, mostly to the benefit of big retailers like Amazon, Target and Walmart.

Since COVID-19 began to spread in the US, several clothing sellers have gone bankrupt, including Brooks Brothers, Neiman Marcus and JC Penney.

Lord & Taylor was shrinking even before the pandemic.

Last year, it closed its 11-storey flagship store on New York’s Fifth Avenue, which it owned for more than a century. Amazon.com, the online shopping giant, is turning the building into an office for its tech workers.

A woman takes a photo of a sign outside Lord & Taylor’s flagship Fifth Avenue store which closed its doors for good after a months-long blowout sale, in New York. PHOTO: AP