Belk To Expand at Crabtree, Open Men's Store

Posted February 6, 2007

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— Hudson Belk will take over the second floor of the former Lord & Taylor store at Crabtree Valley Mall and open a new men’s store this fall, the department store chain said Tuesday.

The expansion and renovation of the existing Belk anchor facility will cost $7.5 million. Once completed, Hudson Belk will occupy 309,000 square feet in the mall, which covers 1.3 million square feet and includes more than 220 stores.

Hudson Belk plans a re-opening in November.

The Lord & Taylor store has been vacant for a year since that chain was sold by Federated Department Stores.

“We’ll have a totally new, greatly expanded men’s store, plus the first level of the existing store will be completely renovated and both spaces will feature the latest in retail design and merchandise presentation,” said Bob Greiner, chairman of Belk’s Northern Division, which is based in Raleigh. Belk’s headquarters are in Charlotte.

“Moving the men’s and young men’s departments to a new men’s store in the former Lord & Taylor building will enable us to reallocate space in the main store and introduce new, expanded and updated assortments of top brands of cosmetics and women’s apparel, shoes and accessories,” he added. “The improvements will give shoppers an exciting new shopping experience at our Crabtree store and enable us to serve them better than ever before.”

Sandra Geist, marketing director for the mall, said no decisions have been made yet about what to do with the lower level of the former Lord & Taylor space.

“There are a lot of different options and different retailers that we are looking at,” Geist said. “This Belk will be a flagship for the area. Obviously, we are very happy. I think this will work great for Belk and the mall.”

Other announcements could be made in a “month or so,” she added.

In discussing what to do with the Lord & Taylor space, Geist said the mall considered other alternatives. “Basically, we looked at a lot of different options,” she explained. “We felt this one would be the best fit for the center and that it would work great for Belk.”

Construction will begin in March with the relocation of the men’s department to the remodeled space in May, Belk said in a statement. The young men’s department will move to the former Lord & Taylor space as well.

In the main store, the junior’s department will relocate to the first level from the second, and the women’s apparel department will be expanded. The intimate apparel department on the third floor will also move to the first floor. The home department on the third level will be expanded.

Belk has operated a store at Crabtree since 1972. This renovation will be the fifth since its opening.

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  • hippophile Feb 6, 2007

    The lower level of the old L & T should be subdivided into a bunch of little about some high-end shops like Polo Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Bally, etc.

  • BlarneyStone Feb 6, 2007

    It will be great for us guys who hate maneuvering through the rat-maze of cosmetics counters and spritzes of colognes to look at a shirt.

  • tbfromnc Feb 6, 2007

    I sure hope they will clean-up the Aisles. The other stores have so much merchandise on racks that you can't even walk between them let alone see the merchandise. The Cary store is the worst. I've got to the point that I don't shop there anymore. Old man Hudson would roll-over in his grave if he would see the mess in his stores.

  • ttc248 Feb 6, 2007

    Southern Pines also has done this. I like it because there is space to enjoy shopping rather than clustered, clutter that many stores now seem to have.

  • Fuquay Resident Feb 6, 2007

    The Belk in Sanford did the same thing by relocating the men's and young men's to the former Win-Dixie store in another building. The 2 stores are connected by a covered breezeway. Colonial Mall in Myrtle Beach also has 2 Belk stores like they are planning for Crabteee. Both situations seem to be working great.