Retail operator Hudson’s Bay said Monday it is considering strategic alternatives for ailing department store chain Lord & Taylor, including a possible sale.
The Canadian company, which bought Lord & Taylor in 2012 for $427 million, wants to simplify its operations and invest in its better-performing businesses Saks Fifth Avenue and Hudson’s Bay, according to Hudson’s Bay CEO Helena Foulkes. Both “present the greatest opportunities for long-term growth,” she said in an April earnings call.
Hudson’s Bay in February, which the retailer had occupied for more than a century, to space leasing company WeWork for $1.1 billion. Lord & Taylor has 40 remaining stores in the U.S., mostly on the East Coast. The retailer had about $1.4 billion in revenue in 2018.
Lord & Taylor, which was founded in 1826 as a dry goods store, has struggled to adapt as shoppers flock online. Last year, to attract new customers, Lord & Taylor started selling its brands on.
About 75,000 of the nation’s nearly default or even bankruptcy in 2018. They include chains such as J.Crew, J.C. Penney, Neiman Marcus, PetSmart and Pier 1.if consumers continue to migrate online shopping, investment bank UBS recently predicted. Moody’s in March warned that more than a dozen big-name U.S. retailers overloaded with debt could go into
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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