The exciting retail news for Downtown LA just keeps coming! Rumors about H&M opening at FIGat7th had been swirling around for several months after Zara announced their 27,000 square foot LA flagship store in May. Then yesterday afternoon, the LA Times confirmed that a massive 32,000 square foot H&M will, indeed, open at FIGat7th in 2014 offering the “whole gamut” of the H&M clothing collection including: men’s, women’s, lingerie and maternity, accessories, sports, and children’s apparel. What I wanna see is H&M Home added to the Downtown LA location, which is still missing from the entire U.S. market.
Apparently, the average size for 290 H&M stores in the country ranges between 20,000 to 25,000 square feet making the future Downtown LA store a lot bigger than average. Hence, why it will be considered a flagship location for the global Swedish mega-chain here in LA. For comparison sake, New York still has the largest H&M stores in the country with a truly massive 4-story, 63,000 square footer (wrapped in LED lighting à la Tokyo’s Ginza district) opening in Herald Square in late 2014. This is where we’ll likely see H&M Home introduced into the U.S. market.
The new Downtown LA H&M takes over a big chunk of the former Robinsons-May department store space at FIGat7th. Construction has already begun on H&M and will open around the same time Zara opens next spring.