If you haven't been in South Florida lately, you may not be aware that a few short months ago, Lord & Taylor continued its recent expansion (begun in 2012) by returning to South Florida with its first full-price store in almost a decade. The 80,000 square foot, 2-level L&T store is located at Mizner Park, the outdoor lifestyle center located in Boca Raton, Florida.
The brand and merchandise assortment in the Boca Raton store is well edited, with a focus on brands more relevant to the Florida market. That need for a special assortment becomes much more apparent in the Fall/Winter than in Spring/Summer. In the Men's department, featured brands include POLO Ralph Lauren, Tommy Bahama, Calvin Klein, Nautica, Buffalo and Perry Ellis.
Womens apparel, including dresses and sportswear, in the L&T Boca store offers a good selection of better and designer brands. These include Jill Stuart, BCBG Max Azria, Michael Kors, Coach, MARC Marc Jacobs.
Lord & Taylor currently operates 47 stores in 9 states and the District of Columbia. It is owned by Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay Company, the oldest established company in North America. In Canada, the company operates a chain of better department stores called Hudson's Bay (formerly called The Bay, until 2013). In September 2013, Hudson's Bay Company became the owners of the Saks Fifth Avenue department store chain. Rumor is that there are several Saks Fifth Avenue locations which in the U.S. which may be converted into the Lord & Taylor nameplate.