Southland Center to Add H&M Store in Fall 2015

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The Swedish multinational retail-clothing company H&M is continuing its expansion in Michigan by opening a 24,000-square-foot location in Taylor’s Southland Center next fall.

“The addition of a large format, game-changing retailer in H&M reflects the desirability of Southland Center and we expect their presence will help drive foot traffic and follow-on leasing activity,” say company officials in a statement provided by Rouse Properties, which owns Southland Center

Since taking over Southland Center’s operations in early 2012, Rouse has added more than 102,700 square feet of new tenants including Pink, Francesca’s, ULTA Beauty, and Zumiez. Cinemark is also opening a 12-screen, digital theater at the mall next fall.

The new H&M location will be the brand’s ninth in Michigan, adding to a portfolio that includes Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor; Fairlane Town Center in Dearborn; Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills; Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights; Meridian Mall in Okemos; The Mall at Partridge Creek in Clinton Township; Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi; and Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids.

“Michigan is a strong and quickly growing market for H&M,” says Patrick Shaner, a spokesman for the global retailer. “H&M wanted to give its customers in the greater Detroit metro area even more access to the retailer.”

H&M officials say the company plans to increase the number of its store by 10 to 15 percent each year, with most openings set for China and the United States.

Earlier this month, the retailer launched the Alexander Wang X HM collection, marking the first time the company has teamed up with an American designer for its annual designer collaboration. The new line is now available online and in 250 select stores nationwide.

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