By  on April 12, 2012

NEW YORK — With its $1 million glass-steel facade and glossy all-white interior, Lord & Taylor today opens its most unconventional and contemporary store to date in the 1.3-million-square-foot, mixed-use open-air shopping center called Westchester’s Ridge Hill.

The 80,000-square-foot, two-level Lord & Taylor is a far cry from the suburban character of the department store’s other units, and according to sources, it cost roughly $30 million to build. That’s more than the company would normally consider spending, except that Forest City Enterprises, Ridge Hill’s developer, reportedly pitched in most of the cost. Its goal was to land Lord & Taylor as an anchor as a substitute for Saks Fifth Avenue, which reversed its decision to become a tenant. Lord & Taylor serves as the sole anchor in the center. Officials declined to comment on the store’s cost or projected sales volume.

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