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The old Lord & Taylor department store at Westfield Annapolis mall will be remodeled into stylish boutiques, home design stores and new experience-driven offerings scheduled to open to the public in 2021, mall management announced Tuesday.

“Re-purposing and refashioning a long-vacated department store space is not just a key strategic focus for us, but really much more importantly is something which will bring far more exciting and engaging experiences to our visitors,” said Steven Stavropoulos, general manager at Westfield Annapolis.

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The new additions will include an entry point that is more convenient for shoppers and access to the new offerings.

Included in the renovation, as a way of improving the customer journey at the center, the project will include the creation of a bright and airy new pedestrian gallery connecting the property’s Macy’s store and its Pottery Barn and Nordstrom wings, expected to open by September.

“With this project, in particular, beyond introducing new retailers and uses, we also saw a chance to improve the connectivity between the different wings of the mall, making for a more seamless customer journey,” Stavropoulos said.

The upcoming enhancement of the Westfield Annapolis experience comes alongside a series of new arrivals to the center, including Rodizio Grill Brazilian Steakhouse and a fully appointed Retro Fitness gym, which is set to open soon.

Also, in February Discoveries: The Library at The Mall will be expanding and moving to a permanent location. The library provides dedicated learning spaces for teens and young children; as well as more books, computers, and seating lounges that have been available in the temporary library location already open at the center.

“The new health and wellness amenities, fantastic dining, and educational services coming to the center this year really just preview expectations for the multi-faceted array of diverse experiences we’ll be excited to introduce with the larger project we can’t wait to unveil next year,” Stavropoulos said.

Most of the work will be inside the former department store space and should not affect customers during the upcoming months. Restaurants and shops won’t be affected and will remain open throughout the process.

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