H&M clothing store headed to Augusta Mall

Shoppers at Augusta Mall could have a new two-level fashion retail store to visit by early next spring.

Mall representatives announced Monday that international fashion company H&M is adding its first store to the metro Augusta market.
Construction on the 23,000-square-foot store will begin this fall near Barnes & Noble upstairs and American Eagle Outfitters downstairs.

The store will carry apparel and accessories for men, women and children. H&M typically has about 30 employees at a store, said the mall’s regional marketing manager, Melissa Wolf.

An H&M spokesman didn’t immediately return a phone message.

H&M has about 2,800 stores across 49 international markets. The first store opened in 1947 in Sweden.

“It’s high fashion at a lower price point,” Wolf said. “It’s definitely a very popular store.”

Atlanta has several H&M stores and is the only Geor­gia city with the stores. Ex­cluding Atlanta, the closest store is in Jacksonville, Fla.

Also new to Augusta Mall is a Clarks shoe store, which opened upstairs in late April in the former 2,500-square-foot Know Style space, and Charley’s Grilled Subs, which opened May 7 in the food court.

The mall is more than 90 percent occupied by food and other retail tenants, Wolf said.

H&M AMONG 4 RETAILERS SIGNING PACT TO IMPROVE SAFETY IN BANGLADESH

NEW YORK — Four of the world’s biggest retailers agreed to sign a pact to improve safety at garment factories in Bangladesh nearly three weeks after more than 1,100 workers died in a building collapse.

H&M, C&A, Primark and Inditex, the owner of the Zara chain, said Monday they would sign a five-year contract that requires the companies to conduct safety inspections, make factory conditions public and cover the costs for repairs. It also calls for them to stop doing business with any factory that refuses to make safety upgrades.

The companies join two other retailers that signed the agreement last year: PVH, which makes clothes under the Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Izod labels; and German retailer Tchibo.

Swedish retailer H&M said the agreement is a “pragmatic step,” and urged more brands to reach a pact that covers all 5,000 factories in Bangladesh.

“Our strong presence in Bangladesh gives us the opportunity to contribute to the improvement of the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and contribute to the community’s development,” H&M spokeswoman Helena Hermersson said in a statement. “We can slowly but surely contribute to lasting changes.”

– Associated Press

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