Can you believe it’s only been less than two years since City Target first opened in Downtown LA back in late 2012? Before that, the idea of having any major retailer downtown was still considered a pipe dream. Sure it was “just another” Target, but to downtown residents, it meant a lot more to us. It meant we could finally buy an iPad or a vacuum cleaner without having to leave downtown for simple basic stuff. And who could’ve imagined that a year later, retailers that would usually only open on the Westside (like on Robertson, Melrose, or Beverly) were actually opening stores downtown (i.e., Acne Studios, Aesop, OAK NYC, etc.) creating the beginnings of a bona fide new shopping district. Thank goodness the retail momentum continues to grow stronger. In fact, two of the most recent exciting additions to Downtown LA—H&M and Zara, both the largest flagship stores in SoCal, which opened 3 months and 2 months ago respectively—are already doing better than anyone could’ve expected.
Yesterday was yet another exciting milestone when it comes to retail development in Downtown LA where the largest H&M store in Southern California grand opened at FIGat7th in the Financial District. Hundreds of eager shoppers waited in line outside the store long before doors opened at noon with the line wrapping all the way out to Figueroa. The first 300 customers would receive a $100 gift card. Once the clock struck noon, cheers erupted and shoppers began filing into the new sprawling single-level 32,000 square foot store filled with attire for men, women, and children. As hundreds of shoppers left with their purchases toting H&M shopping bags, the writing on the wall was clear: Downtown LA is truly back and expect more big retailers to follow in the near future.
Great news if you want to shop late! H&M will be open Mon thru Fri from 10 am to 10 pm, Sat from 10 am to 9 pm, and Sun from 11 am to 8 pm.
More pics from grand opening below!