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LORD & TAYLOR OPENS NATIONWIDE DISTRIBUTION CENTER IN WILKES-BARRE, PA.

LORD & TAYLOR OPENS NATIONWIDE DISTRIBUTION CENTER IN WILKES-BARRE, PA.
 NEW YORK, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Lord & Taylor announced the official opening of their nationwide distribution center for Jan. 9, 1992, in the Highland Acres Business Park, located at 250 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
 The distribution center was built to handle the additional volume requirements from the company's aggressive nationwide expansion plan, which included three new store openings in New Jersey in the fall of 1989 (Bridgewater, Rockaway and Livingston), and four New Jersey openings in 1990 (Westfield, Monmouth, Quakersbridge and Freehold). Lord & Taylor also entered Tysons Corner, Va., and Denver, Colo. in 1990. In 1991, Lord & Taylor entered Danbury, Conn. in March; St. Louis, Mo. in August; and Buffalo, N.Y. in October.
 The 49 stores in 16 states including the District of Columbia that Lord & Taylor now operates will be serviced by the distribution center in Wilkes-Barre.
 Construction on the sixty-three (63) acre site began in the summer of 1990. The building consists of over 300,000 square feet on two levels, with processing space amounting to 265,000 square feet; an office mezzanine occupies 40,000 square feet. There are twenty-nine (29) receiving doors and forty-seven (47) transfer doors.
 Opening of the distribution and service center marks the completion of Phase I in the two-year, multi-million dollar project. This initial phase will employ approximately 200 people, with the project eventually creating over 350 jobs of primarily material handling, ticketing and clerical positions.
 The center features all state-of-the-art equipment; an attractive employee cafeteria; and area called the "quiet room," which is decorated in soft shades of mauve and a locker room area with bright lights and red lacquer lockers. There is a bank teller machine on the premises, large parking area for employees and outdoor eating areas.
 Art work by local artist Sharon Bowar, assistant professor, Department of Art at Wilkes University was purchased for the center's lobby area.
 A division of The May Department Stores Company (NYSE: MA), Lord & Taylor currently operates 49 stores in 15 states and the District of Columbia as well as a distribution center in Carlstadt, N.J.
 WILKES-BARRE DISTRIBUTION CENTER
 Ribbon Cutting Agenda
 Jan. 9, 1992
 11:30 a.m. Welcome/Remarks
 Eugene Roth, chairman of the board
 Greater Wilkes-Barre Partnership, Inc.
 11:35 a.m. Remarks
 The Honorable Robert P. Casey
 Governor Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
 11:45 a.m. Remarks
 Congressman Paul Kanjorski
 11:55 a.m. Remarks
 Ronald Tanler, president Lord & Taylor
 RIBBON CUTTING
 12:00 p.m. Reception
 Located upstairs on the mezzanine
 12:30 p.m. to
 1:30 p.m. Tours
 Available from reception area vestibule, 2nd floor
 -0- 1/8/92
 /CONTACT: Jann Walker of Lord & Taylor, 212-382-7668/
 (MA) CO: Lord & Taylor ST: Pennsylvania, New Jersey IN: REA SU:


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