Once word started to spread last week that Lord's Department Store will be closing next month, Nancy Kelly-Lavin was inundated with requests for Lord's souvenirs.
“It seemed the moment the word got out about the store closing, I’ve had a flood of requests from people coming into the store looking for souvenirs,” said Kelly-Lavin who runs the store with her brother Tom Kelly.
And so came the creation of the first-ever Lord's t-shirt with all of the profits going toward a scholarship fund in the name of , whom she says "is still the heart and soul of Lord’s."
“I hope by creating and selling t-shirts, and directing the profits toward a scholarship fund to benefit the Medfield community and pay tribute to my dad, we can bring a little bit of comfort to people who are sad to see the Lord’s legacy coming to an end.”
About the Shirts
- Gray, short-sleeved, with the trademark red Lord’s logo prominently displayed
- Youth shirts medium to extra large are $10 each; adult medium to extra large are $15 each; XXL shirts are $18 each
- Pre-orders are being taken at Lord's front counter
- Shirts should arrive next weekend
A mock-up of the t-shirt is expected to be completed on Monday. Patch will post that image as soon as it is available. Receive updates to this story (and other breaking news) in your inbox or smartphone by signing up for our newsletter here. Read on...
Donations to the Bill Kelly Scholarship Fund can also be made at the front counter of the store.
One of the store’s sales staff noted that the Lord’s owners have never been a fan of self-promotion so, other than a postcard featuring the store’s neon sign, it has shied away from selling merchandise that touts the store’s name. The Lord’s t-shirt will mark the first time in its 73-year history that the store will sell an apparel item featuring its own name.
Lord's Department Store will close on Feb. 28.