Monday, February 25, 2013
The business is closing on Thursday.
There are just a few days left to purchase Lord's t-shirts and mugs (due to arrive shortly) before Lord's Department Store closes for good later this week. Though the store will close its doors one last time on Feb. 28, store owners Nancy Kelly-Lavin and Tom Kelly expect merchandise to be gone before that time. The doors will likely close to the public on Wednesday, if not before. Be sure to stop by soon, if you need a souvenir t-shirt or mug (or one final walk around the store). For more photos, check out Colleen Sullivan's blog, "Final Days at Lord's." Related Stories Get great local stories like this delivered right to your inbox or smartphone everyday with our free newsletter. Simple, fast sign-up here.
Friday, February 15, 2013
The very last "Midnight Madness" at Lord's Department Store will be held tonight, Friday, Feb. 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Drop in for the social event of the season that will include food (half donuts, Lord's cake), ginger ale toast, and many more su
It's hard to believe it but it's here, the "Celebrate Lord's" party, the last "Midnight Madness" at Lord's, ever, will be held TONIGHT at Lord's Department Store. _______________________________________ What: "Celebrate Lord's," one last Midnight Madness before the store closes for good later this month When: Tonight, Friday, Feb. 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Where: Lord's Department Store, 446 Main Street, Medfield Why: Why not! Everyone will be there! _______________________________________ The event will include food, cake, entertainment, tributes and speakers, photos at the Lunch Counter, "Lord's Through the Years" memorabilia and record audiovisual memories (with Medfield TV) for the Medfield Historical Society, a ginger ale …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Store owners have created a memory book where customers have started to write down their favorite Lord's memory including one little girl whose dream it is that the owners will change their minds and keep the store open.
The memory binder at the front of Lord's Department Store is chuck full of memories from people who have loved the store over the years -- people who are grieving the loss of their beloved Lord's while doing what they can to preserve its good name. Customers, both young and old, near and far (many by email), are included in the book. Here are a few examples: I remember coming here on bike at age nine to get the Boston Globe for my aunt and parents. I remember buying my mother a necklace for Mother's Day when there was a jewelry counter. I remember riding my bike here to get my mother a spool of thread or a zipper when she was in the middle of a sewing project. If you need something, most likely you could find it at Lord's. We will miss…
Monday, February 11, 2013
Can you summarize in five words what Lord's means to you?
Lord's Department Store is closing on Feb. 28 and the Lord's Celebration Committee (which will be hosting a celebration party on Friday, Feb. 15) is asking on the "Medfield Remembers Lord's" Facebook page: If you could summarize "Lord's Department Store" in five words, what would they be? So far, responses include: What would your five words be?
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Lord's has received hundreds of pre-orders for its commemorative t-shirt.
Updated: Jan. 22, 2013 -- More than 1,000 commemorative t-shirts have been ordered but orders are still being taken. If interested, fill out an order sheet at Lord's Department Store (which will be closing on Feb. 28 after 73 years in business) or call 508-359-2361. Original story: Jan. 15, 2013 -- The response to the Lord's commemorative t-shirt has been unbelievable, says Nancy Kelly-Lavin who co-owns Lord's Department Store with her brother, Tom Kelly. "The response has been amazing," said Kelly-Lavin. "We're getting calls from all over -- from New Mexico and even London. I've gotten emails from Colorado and Florida, it's incredible. I definitely didn't order enough." Soon after the community learned the family-run Lord's Department…
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
After Lord's closes on Feb. 28, everyone wants to know, "Who's moving in?"
When people heard that Lord's Department Store is closing after 73 years in business, the first question (often accompanied by a sorrowful look) was, "Why?" The second question was inevitably, "Who's moving in?" Nancy Kelly-Lavin, who runs Lord's with her brother Tom Kelly, said they don't know who the next tenant might be and the developer might not either. "I don't have a clue, nor does my brother," said Kelly-Lavin." We don't think they have anything lined up. They just said this was a premium spot." "We tried to control it at the beginning," she said about who might next occupy the space, "but it's a developer, we can't." On Dec. 31, the building was sold to a local developer believed to be Salvatore Capital Partners, LLC and GJS …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Owners say everything must go.
And so it begins... The retirement sale at Lord's Department Store starts today. After 73 years in downtown Medfield, Lord's will close its doors on Feb. 28. "We're going to start a store closing or retirement sale and just start to liquidate everything in the store, the fixtures and everything," said Nancy Kelly-Lavin who runs the store with her brother Tom Kelly. Store hours have been cut back to 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Also this week, patrons can pre-order t-shirts which are being sold to commemorate the store's longevity; and they can write down a special Lord's memory in the memory book/book at the front of the store. Related Stories Stay up to date with great local stories like this, delivered straight to your inbox or smartphone …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Commemorative t-shirts will be sold to remember the iconic department store and to benefit the Bill Kelly Scholarship Fund.
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 her father, Bill Kelly who died in May, 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 …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Here is a quick look at the week of Dec. 30 to Jan. 5, and what a week it was.
Last week was a chilly week in Medfield, in more ways than one. The last few days of December and the first few days of January brought snow to the ground (as we were finally able to use our sleds), and a chill to our hearts as we learned that Lord's Department Store will be closing its doors after 73 years in downtown Medfield. On Sunday, hundreds of Medfield folks hit Hospital Hill to take advantage of last weekend's snowfall. Monday was the last day of business for Fresh Catch Seafood & Butcher Shop which closed its doors on January 1. But the biggest news last week, bar none, was learning the town's beloved Lord's will be closing on Feb. 28. It was not an easy decision, said Lord's store owners Nancy Kelly-Lavin and Tom Kelly -- …
Saturday, January 5, 2013
The store that has anchored Medfield's downtown for 73 years will close on Feb. 28.
After 73 years in business, Lord's Department Store will close its doors on Feb. 28. A retirement sale will start next week. Nancy Kelly-Lavin, who runs the business with her brother Tom, said the time is right to close the store. "It took us months and months and months to figure out what we wanted to do but we think the time is right," said Kelly-Lavin. "We have mixed emotions, it's sad, but we're trying to do what's best for our families." Kelly-Lavin said she and Tom discussed the future of the business with their father, Bill Kelly, before he passed away last May. "My father actually talked to us about this and gave us his blessing," she said. The sale to a "local developer" -- who is not from Medfield but is from a town closeby -- …