Lord & Taylor, the Last Remnant of White Flint Mall, Has Permanently Closed

by Michelle Katz

Lord & Taylor, the Last Remnant of White Flint Mall, Has Permanently Closed

Back in May, we let you know that Lord & Taylor had announced plans to close their location in the former White Flint Mall area.

After months of inventory sales, it appears that this Lord & Taylor location has finally shut its doors for good. The parking lot is empty, this location is no longer listed on the Lord & Taylor website, and google lists the location as permanently closed.

When White Flint Mall first opened in 1977, Lord & Taylor was one of its anchor stores, along with Bloomingdale’s, and I. Magnin (later replaced by Borders Books).

In the mid 2010s, there was a legal dispute between Lord & Taylor and White Flint Mall; Lord & Taylor alleged that plans to redevelop the mall were in violation of Lord & Taylor’s rental agreement. The store was eventually allowed to remain and redevelopment was halted. The mall around Lord & Taylor was demolished and the store was the only part remaining.

In 2018, the White Flint Mall property was briefly under consideration for a new Amazon headquarters.

What can we expect for the future of the White Flint Mall property?

In 2012, it was proposed that the area would be redeveloped to have a large, open air plaza with residences, office space, and retail. A 2019 Montgomery Planning Board document has made references to this plan, in addition to discussing the possibility of a new elementary school, and an extension of a current park in the are. No updated plans or a timeline of this development are publicly available at this time.

By: Michelle Katz @pike.and.rozay

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Scott Brown.. January 2, 2021 - 11:03 pm

So when the mall wanted to redevelop back when. I assume they wanted to give Lord and Taylor the heve ho. Because it was in violation of the rental agreement ??

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Sarah Mahany January 3, 2021 - 12:44 am

It seems like every thing is closing, which is shocking.

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Verna January 3, 2021 - 4:40 am

HEARTBROKEN — all my favorite places for the last 30 years since I’ve been in this area. Used to drive over from Baltimore to White Flint Mall. My Mother loved Bloomingdale’s. Still have white kitchen curtains from there.

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Richard A Moran January 3, 2021 - 7:19 pm

You can thank the Internet!!

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Mirko January 13, 2021 - 1:07 pm

End of a Era!

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Bill February 1, 2021 - 12:07 pm

I worked at Litton Bionetics in the late 70s i watched them build WF. I remember the day they put the air conditioning units on the top of WF they used a helicopter and everyone came out of the surrounding buildings.BTW they tore down the Litton Bionetics building within last month

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lilkunta February 5, 2021 - 4:41 pm

What was where was Litton bionetics?

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