Saks Fifth Avenue Store Set To Open In W-B Twp.
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Saks Fifth Avenue is coming to Wilkes-Barre Twp.
The Saks Company Store will open from 10 a.m. to
6 p.m. Saturday at the Lord & Taylor facility on Highland Park Boulevard, a spokeswoman from Hudson’s Bay Company confirmed Tuesday. The store will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Canada-based Hudson’s Bay Company is the parent company of Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks Off 5th. Founded in 1670, it is the oldest company in North America.
The company has owned Saks Fifth Avenue, an American chain of luxury department stores, since 2013.
The Saks Company Store is relocating from a distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland. The store there closed and the distribution center also is closing and laying off about 150 workers.
The Lord & Taylor distribution center in Wilkes-Barre Twp. previously operated an outlet store and clearance center, but it closed in 2015.
A spokeswoman for Hudson’s Bay Company previously said the company is moving its operations from Aberdeen to the Wilkes-Barre Twp. distribution center “to streamline work and create efficiencies.”
She would not say how many employees would be hired but she said the relocation of operations would create new job opportunities at the Wilkes-Barre Twp. distribution center and is an “important part of our continued investment in the community.”
Like other department store retailers, Hudson’s Bay Company has been struggling in recent years with shifting consumer shopping patterns, the growth of e-commerce and a changing retail environment.
Earlier this year, Lord & Taylor made headlines for closing its historic flagship store on 5th Ave. in Manhattan after 104 years in business. Hudson’s Bay Company sold the 11-story building to WeWork for more than $850 million.
Hudson’s Bay Company officials recently said they have hired a financial adviser to review Lord & Taylor’s business and the process may lead to a sale.
The company previously announced it would close up to 10 of its nearly 50 Lord & Taylor locations throughout 2019, all 37 of its Home Outfitters stores in Canada as well as up to 20 Saks Off 5th outlets in the U.S.
In July last year, the company announced 83 employees would be laid off in Wilkes-Barre Twp. The job cuts followed 202 more employees being laid off in April as jobs and e-commerce fulfillment operations were transferred from Wilkes-Barre Twp. to Pottsville.
The Wilkes-Barre Twp. distribution center has focused on supporting the retail operations of Lord & Taylor as well as Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks Off 5th.
A spokeswoman for Hudson’s Bay Company would not say how many employees remain at the Wilkes-Barre Twp. distribution center, but she previously said that all retail-focused departments and other support functions, including store staffing and print shop, continue to operate there.
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