WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Maryland’s loss is Luzerne County’s gain.
The parent company of Lord & Taylor purchased Saks Fifth Avenue last year and immediately promised to consolidate operations. Part of that process includes merging receiving and shipping operation for Saks in Aberdeen, Md., into the Lord & Taylor operation in Wilkes-Barre Township.
The upshot: about 140 new jobs here.
Application for those jobs is strictly online at hbc.com, the site for Hudson Bay Company, the parent of both Lord & Taylor and Saks. But senior external communications manager Tiffany Bourre said via email that the Wilkes-Barre facility will be holding a “call center job fair” from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday on site “for customer service representative roles.”
Bourre said workers in Aberdeen were given the opportunity to apply for the receiving and processing jobs in Wilkes-Barre Township, but that “the vast majority of the positions are local.”
The Lord & Taylor facility is located at 250 Highland Park Boulevard.
It opened in 1992 and has expanded several times, adding a clearance store in 2009 and a call center in 2011. It is also the center for Lord & Taylor online business.
“With the addition of Saks Fifth Avenue and the tremendous growth of our e-commerce business, the Wilkes-Barre facility is vital to us meeting customer demand,” Hudson Bay Executive Vice President of Distribution and Logistics Bill Tracy said in a news release.