H&M clothing store headed to Augusta Mall

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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2012 file photo, a tank-top made in Bangladesh hangs on a rack in an H&M store in Atlanta. The rising death toll from the building collapse that killed more than 1,000 garment workers in Bangladesh on April 24, 2013 may force Western brands to make a choice: Stay and work to improve conditions. Or leave and face higher costs, similar or worse worker conditions in other low-wage countries and criticism for abandoning a poor nation where per-capita gross domestic product is just $2,000 per year. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)  David Goldman
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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2012 file photo, a tank-top made in Bangladesh hangs on a rack in an H&M store in Atlanta. The rising death toll from the building collapse that killed more than 1,000 garment workers in Bangladesh on April 24, 2013 may force Western brands to make a choice: Stay and work to improve conditions. Or leave and face higher costs, similar or worse worker conditions in other low-wage countries and criticism for abandoning a poor nation where per-capita gross domestic product is just $2,000 per year. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

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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countyman
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countyman 05/13/13 - 05:45 pm
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Can't spin this!!!!!

I reported this a while back in February, and it didn't take long.... I know the local media better report this on the news, and the Augusta Chronicle must shared the news on their Facebook page because this is HUGE for Augusta.

Charley Philly Steaks, Francesca's Collections, P.S. from Aeropostale, Buca di Beppo, Charming Charlie, Soma, etc are some of the new amenities..

Augusta mall is clearly the most upscale mall outside of metro Atlanta. Apple, Pandora, Sephora, Chop House, etc don't have locations outside of metro Atlanta... H&M doesn't have any locations outside of metro Atlanta, and zero locations in South Carolina. The Augusta mall can easily compete against every mall in metro Atlanta(Perimeter, Cumberland, Mall of Georgia, North Point, etc) except for Phipps and Lenox.

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OJP 05/13/13 - 05:45 pm
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You're definitely a glass-half-full kind of guy, countyman...

But you're right about this. H&M is the "it" store for very trendy but affordable clothes.

Big deal for the Augusta Mall and Augusta in general.

countyman
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countyman 05/13/13 - 07:34 pm
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Shopping

Augusta continues to become a larger regional shopping destination every year. The H&M store will help attract more people from both South Carolina and Georgia.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 05/13/13 - 07:53 pm
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Something for everyone

H & M is a good addition. The open air portion has good shops and restaurants too. So many of the inside stores like Know Style and some others like it are upscale flea market vendors. Francesca's was a good inside addition though. I guess that's what a mall should offer, something for everyone.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/13/13 - 08:08 pm
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Tell us about Bass Pro Shops,

Tell us about Bass Pro Shops, Ruth's Chris, Westin, Cheesecake Factory, Cabela's, Urban Outfitters please....

Old Augusta
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Old Augusta 05/13/13 - 08:12 pm
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For Countyman

I think that the addition of the H & M is great. It's true that Augusta Mall has stores that Malls in Macon or Columbus do not have, but let's not kid ourselves either. Our Mall, though improved is not even in the same Universe as Perimeter Or North Point. Especially Perimeter. First off, this is not a knock on Augusta Mall, but just so you know Perimeter Mall in Atlanta has a Nordstrom, L'Occitane, Lacoste, J Crew, BCB Max Azria, Lulumon,Lucky Jeans, Vans, Swatch, Swarovski,Steve Madden, Sperry Top Sider, Mikael Kors, Lush, Johnston & Murphy, Coach, Brookstone, Art of Shaving, Disney Store. Just a few restaurants...Cheesecake Factory, Goldfish, Capitol Grill. Not to pur it on, but there is a W Hotel in the parking lot and even higher end stores across the street. Good news for Augusta Mall, but lets not get carried away. The Mall of Georgia in Buford is also the largest mall in the deep south and Discover Mills is a tourist attraction with a Saks & Neiman Marcus outlet..

countyman
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countyman 05/13/13 - 08:22 pm
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On the way!

All of those amenities will be here(including Brooks Brothers, Chipotle, Gander Mountain, REI, Anthropologie, etc) sooner or later in Richmond County. The 44 acre development at I-20/Walton Way Extension, Village at Riverwatch, Carmax area, and 25 acre development in the Medical District can easily attract them all.

Urban Outfitters is actually something the CBD should focus on attracting.

I'm happy to see the poster Old Augusta created his/her first post on the Augusta Chronicle just for me. The Coach in Augusta mall opened a few years ago.

Old Augusta
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Old Augusta 05/13/13 - 08:19 pm
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About Urban Outfitters

Retail shops such as Urban outfitters typically go into downtowns such as Savannah, Charleston, etc or hip neighborhoods like 5 points in Atlanta. Remember, the reason the malls in Charleston & Savannah aren't as good as Augusta Mall is because the cool trendy shops as well as the national typical mall shops like B Republic & J Crew go into their down town. Savannah has very upscale shops such as Marc Jacobs on Broughton Street as Charleston has them on King Street.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/13/13 - 08:22 pm
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I wonder what all exclusive

I wonder what all exclusive stores will go in the 173 acre $200 MILLION dollar project in Pooler, GA?

Old Augusta
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Old Augusta 05/13/13 - 08:29 pm
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Countyman

I have no idea who you are. I just signed up for digital content and read your comment and was just being objective. Hip trendy cities really don't get that way because of a Mall. Atlanta is booming because of all the redevelopment that is happening in SoBuck, Inman Park, Cabbagetown, 5 Points. The Westside provision district is on fire with a new Billy Reid, Sid & Ann Mashburn to go with JCT Kitchen. Lofts are popping up everywhere over there. The ONLY way Augusta will arrive is when the new University gets a campus in the old mills as well as a complete takeover of down town. Also, 90% of the students are going to have to come from out of town like College of Charleston or Scad. Now Harrisburg can get gentrified as has happened in cities like Athens, Greenville, Asheville.

countyman
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countyman 05/13/13 - 08:45 pm
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Augusta is far ahead of Savannah in terms of national retailers

I don't buy that argument, because Greenville has both(Haywood mall & downtown). Charleston and Savannah are two completely different animals too. The metro population of Charleston is larger than Augusta, and the metro population of Savannah is smaller compared to Augusta. Charleston does have J Crew, and even had Saks located downtown before it recently closed(Forever 21).

Savannah may have more upscale amenities downtown, but the city is behind Augusta in terms of attracting national retailers. They have Marc Jacobs, Bass Pro, and Ruth Chris in Chatham County. Compared to the Costco, Apple, Pandora, Jared Galleria, H&M, Sephora, PF Changs, etc in Richmond County..

The Mills/Cultural campuses are great, but don't forget GRU owns the 17 acre GGHF site on the river. The Cookout restaurant is coming to Harrisburg, and the 25 acre development near Kroger is located right by the neighborhood. The CBD is experiencing multiple new developments(Artspace), and the Laney Walker/Bethlehem development is underway. Both Olde Town and Midtown are beginning to grow even faster. Augusta is definitely caught in the revitalization/gentrification process.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/13/13 - 08:46 pm
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"Savannah may have more

"Savannah may have more upscale amenities downtown, but the city does have many national retailers overall compared to Augusta." ???

And to mention Ruth's Chris and Cookout in the same post? Amazing!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 05/14/13 - 05:06 am
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Cool.

Great addition to Augusta Mall and the CSRA. Terrific news.
Now if we can just bring in some new patrons for the mall....

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/13/13 - 08:50 pm
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Even if the AM has a Charming

Even if the AM has a Charming Charlie's that doesn't mean the patron are eh Dixieman?

Old Augusta
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Old Augusta 05/13/13 - 08:51 pm
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Countyman, Augusta is a 20 yr project

If we are lucky in 20 years we catch where Savannah or Charleston are "Now" because they aren't sitting still. Both Savannah & Charleston are rated in Conde Naste & Travel & Leisure Top Ten cities in the USA along with NYC & San Fran. They are in an entirely different orbit than us. They have VERY high end shopping & hotels in their down towns. Same with Asheville. Our goal should be to catch Greenville or Athens down town. IMO, I would remake down town entirely and make a huge splash by giving a urban planner such as Andres Duany of DPZ development total control. Augusta would get attention all over the world as a model of new urbanism such as Seaside FL. I could talk about my vision for down town and what it could be, especially the canal for hours.

countyman
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countyman 05/13/13 - 09:17 pm
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Gage Creed... I've been

I forgot to respond that Apple, PF Changs, Sephora, etc don't have locations in Columbia. This was in response to Augusta having stores not in Macon or Columbus yet.

Gage Creed... I've already changed my initial post before your comment, and I was going to put '"Savannah may have more upscale amenities downtown, but the city does not have as many national retailers overall compared to Augusta."

The Cookout restaurant was also in relation to the gentrification process in Harrisburg, and not the national retailer discussion.

Old Augusta.. I hope you mean downtown Augusta is 20 years behind, and that's not even true. Augusta is the city that ranked 2nd in terms of high tech private sector job growth between 2006-2011. The city of Augusta was also ranked the 4th best city to live in for 2013. The Laney Walker/Bethlehem development managed to receive awards/recognition from the Harvard Student Journal of Real Estate, New Partners for Smart Growth, Triple Pundit, American Planning Association, American Architectural Foundation, Georgia Trend 'County of Excellence', Southern Living, and Georgia Planning Implementation Award. Representatives from the Atlanta Planning Commission were here in Augusta last month visiting Laney Walker. They plan to do something similar in the city of Atlanta. The former mayor of Atlanta toured Laney Walker back in January with her organization Purpose Built Communities.

Dixieman.. The addition of more upscale amenities(i.e H&M) will increase the number of upscale shoppers.

badmoon426
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badmoon426 05/13/13 - 09:16 pm
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Augusta Mall Retail...

Where was the mention the International Fragrances and Flavors (IFF) Augusta Plant will be shutting down by July of 2014?

This plant as well as others produced something. Everything discussed so far has been found in the retail/service industry. So as I see it the closing of the IFF plants negates the highly touted opening of the Starbucks plant.

The H&M opening is nice but it sure isn't Burberry's.

countyman
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countyman 05/13/13 - 09:31 pm
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Unemployment rate declining

Why are people creating screen names just for this article?

Badmoon.. Are you really comparing the Starbucks plant against IFF? Starbucks is 140 jobs, and IFF had 54 employees. Starbucks is a major brand name, and the plant won the 2012 'GA Deal of the Year' award. The location of the new plant is even more significant(Augusta Corporate Park), and will bring in major companies.

Starbucks is only one of the many new private developments. The $115 million Rockwood Plant, Hagler Systems expansion(purchasing the 60k SQ. FT. building and creating over 70k SQ. FT. of new space), Medac expansion, ZAPATA Technology hiring, etc.

badmoon426
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badmoon426 05/13/13 - 09:40 pm
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Comparisons with Savannah are not...

...germane to the discussion. First of all Savannah has the beach as well as located close to Hilton Head resorts, so the area gets a huge influx of tourist.

The constant comparison of Augusta to other cities, the listing of retail stores and quoting facts from any 'study' is ridiculous to prove a point and rather tiresome. I have found statistics maybe crafted to fit any argument.

As for Augusta Mall I believe an earlier poster mentioned something about the quality of the patrons. It may not be the patrons but being used as a dumping ground for disaffected teenagers and young adults (school dropouts, occasional workers, drug users, skateboarders, hooligans and street people).

badmoon426
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badmoon426 05/13/13 - 09:54 pm
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Financial Impact versus Headcount...

IFF Augusta is a mix of engineers of various types, highly skilled and trained chemical operators as well specialized supporting staff...so although now only 54 employees in the past IFF had a bigger workforce of permanent and outsourced employees.

So my point is IFF employees were well compensated, highly skilled and certainly well above the Augusta average salary at IFF. So will Starbucks replace the money brought to the Augusta area that IFF brought? This is really the question not headcount but the actual financial impact.

badmoon426
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badmoon426 05/13/13 - 10:01 pm
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Countyman...

...is that your real name or your nom de plume. So let me quote the Bible, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone...".

By the way "Badmoon" is my nickname and friends call me that in jest and 426 is my college dorm room number.

So how many friends or associates call you "Countyman"?

Old Augusta
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Old Augusta 05/13/13 - 10:04 pm
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Badmoon nailed it pretty good about the patrons at Augusta Mall

Countyman, my point is that nobody outside of the Augusta area gives a rip about the Mall. The way for Augusta to grow is #1 bring in new people through the new University #2 Stop the brain drain of countless Augustans who leave for other cities #3 Attract creative types and create a incubator for Hi Tech start ups &make it so damn cheap that they would come. #4 Attract a big corporation like Mobile AL with Airbus or Charleston SC did with Boeing. Look, Augusta needs to stop making a big deal about call centers and get in the real game. We need a new arena and for goodness sake stop calling the arena a civic center. What is this, 1981? Arena's of today have sponsorship and luxury Boxes. Think Club Car Arena or Tax Slayer Arena. The city MUST get rid of the housing projects and ghetto's that surround our core like the Berlin Wall. The future lies with the University & then the gentrification can follow. And Countyman, nobody in Atlanta, Savannah or Charleston gives a rip about chain restaurants when they have James Beard award winning restaurants and dozens more written up in national publications.

badmoon426
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badmoon426 05/13/13 - 10:17 pm
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High Tech Private Sector Job Growth...

...please clarify.

I know I am totally off topic but exactly what types of high tech jobs were created in Augusta to support this claim, "...the city that ranked 2nd in terms of high tech private sector job growth between 2006-2011..."?

Inquiring minds would like to know.

countyman
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countyman 05/13/13 - 10:54 pm
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Bringing up things that don't

Bringing up things that don't have anything to do with the article is rather tiresome to some people.

1. The Starbucks plant won the 2012 Deal of the Year, and the jobs are high paying.
2. The high tech survey can easily be found on the internet(Engine Advocacy)..
3. Restaurants in Augusta have attracted national attention included GQ Magazine recognizing the Frog Hollow restaurant downtown.

There's no point of even responding anymore, because people are getting too far off subject. None of this has anything to do with H&M coming to the Augusta mall...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/14/13 - 06:43 am
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all righty

I would say some new posters have nailed Augusta's problems...this time countyman you should listen & not fight their advice.....don't know who they are but they are right on the money..

bigj706
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bigj706 05/14/13 - 07:27 am
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CM, is Augusta bringing in

CM, is Augusta bringing in anything for families and others to do in town besides eating and shopping places. I myself would love something to do far as activities its only so much shopping or eating I need

justthefacts
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justthefacts 05/14/13 - 07:29 am
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Compared to ATL malls

Countyman, Augusta Mall can't quite compare to some of the Malls you mentioned in ATL. You are going to need to get Nordstroms and a few upscale restaurants first. But, Augusta Mall is a very nice mall for sure.

badmoon426
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badmoon426 05/14/13 - 07:31 am
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Bringing Up Subjects That Don't Really...

...matter.

Countyman from my observation of comments in the Augusta Chronicle, you are the most likely culprit to bring into a conversation facts, factoids or statistics that least likely are relevant to the discussion at hand. This opens up the general discussion to a wide range of topics...

In the end all these discussions are subjective and seldom bring up facts like exactly what is the potential versus realized economic impact of Augusta losing a plant like IFF and being replaced by a plant for Starbucks, what exactly are the 'high tech' jobs that led to this growth in Augusta and this continuing fascination with service related industry (restaurants and the like) jobs that overall pay less than the minimum wage.

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Riverman1 05/14/13 - 09:05 am
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What Stores Have Left?

I'm curious about what stores have moved out of the mall in the last couple of years. Whose space did this store move into?

gsutke458
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gsutke458 05/14/13 - 10:26 am
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You can spin it...if you pay enough

Am I the only person in this town that is disturbed by our tax dollars paying for someone to monitor and comment on stories in the AC so that we all think that everything is fine and great. Notice that 90% of all of the "jobs" that countyman refers to are minimum wage part time jobs for high schoolers. But, nice try.

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