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)
Jenna Martin
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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 05/14/13 - 11:52 am
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Spin and more spin

Gsutke458... I don't get paid to comment on here, and Starbucks, Rockwood, Halger Systems, ZAPATA Technology, Rural Sourcing, Medac, etc are FAR from being minimum wage jobs.

The jobs being created in the public sector aren't minimum wage either.. The NSA, SRS, Plant Vogtle, Medical Commons, and Cancer Center.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/14/13 - 12:19 pm
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Gsutke, I think it's a

Gsutke, I think it's a development authority and not the county exactly.

countyman
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countyman 05/14/13 - 12:52 pm
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listening

Seenitb4.. Please check your email... I did listen to the objective points being made, but listening works both ways. They obviously needed to listen to some of my earlier comments.

One of the posters said 'Countyman, my point is that nobody outside of the Augusta area gives a rip about the Mall.''

We know this is false, because several people have driven from Columbia to shop/dine at the Augusta mall. Apple, Sephora, PF Changs, etc don't have any locations in Columbia.

There's nothing between Augusta/Columbia, Augusta/Savannah, and Augusta/Atlanta competing with the Augusta mall. How can anybody believe nobody outside the metro or CSRA shops at the Augusta mall? Apple, Pandora, Sephora, PF Changs, Jared Galleria, H&M, etc only have locations in metro Atlanta, and Augusta throughout the entire state of Georgia.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/14/13 - 01:12 pm
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countyman

I did get your nice email yesterday & I appreciate it.....are you sending more? I like it that we are becoming buddies....well kinda--sorta...anyway the posters made some good points. imho

Dixieman
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Dixieman 05/14/13 - 03:03 pm
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And another thing...

...it would be a really good first step if the Augusta Mall would -- as a start -- DOUBLE the amount it spends on security. And if that does not work, increase it until it does take effect. I do not allow my daughter to go there alone. 'Nuff said.

mybaskett
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mybaskett 05/14/13 - 05:25 pm
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The same people

The same people that have a negative opinion about Augusta Mall, were probably the same people that thought the KROC center in downtown Augusta would be a disaster. Boy weren't they wrong. The KROC center is an amazing facility doing well just as H & M will do in Augusta Mall.

countyman
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countyman 05/14/13 - 05:44 pm
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Dixieman.. The Augusta

Dixieman.. The Augusta Chronicle did a report on the mall(over 1 year), and found out shoplifting is the main crime problem. They already mall RC, security in yellow shirts, and the mall police. How much security do you need? Some people will never feel comfortable around certain types of people, because they don't try to meet different people.

Mybaskett. The KROC Center located in Harrisburg is doing wonderful, and I do remember people saying upper middle/middle class residents wouldn't go there.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/14/13 - 09:30 pm
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And I know "several" people

And I know "several" people that have driven to Columbia to go to Palmetto Armory....

badmoon426
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badmoon426 05/14/13 - 09:52 pm
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It Is True...

...things aren't bad.

The Kroc Center was a wonderful improvement no doubt.

The H&M is a nice addition but one of the earlier posters did point out a relevant fact that with any adds you have subtractions. Unless we are just cheerleading there needs to be the presentation of the good news with the bad. This is the transparency that has been sorely lacking in the Augusta area.

badmoon426
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badmoon426 05/14/13 - 10:36 pm
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Strange Tales for a Strange Time...

...Irrelevant Lists with Mindless Cheerleading.

Please here we go with the irrelevant lists, "There's nothing between Augusta/Columbia, Augusta/Savannah, and Augusta/Atlanta competing with the Augusta mall. How can anybody believe nobody outside the metro or CSRA shops at the Augusta mall? Apple, Pandora, Sephora, PF Changs, Jared Galleria, H&M, etc only have locations in metro Atlanta, and Augusta throughout the entire state of Georgia".

Well I guess it is dependent on the individual like everyone has an opinion but they don't think theirs stinks. I know there is a Ritz Carlton Hotel at Lake Oconee and certainly Stonecrest Mall near Conyers.

The message is people post here because they are concerned about Augusta. But please cut out the endless lists that border on mindless cheerleading.

countyman
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countyman 05/15/13 - 06:42 pm
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Lithonia

Stonecrest is located in Dekalb County which belongs to metro Atlanta.

The Augusta mall is more upscale compared to Stonecrest also.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/15/13 - 09:37 pm
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Breaking News! Woodside

Breaking News!

Woodside Plantation is more upscale than Olde Town...

Vegas Show Girls is located on 6th Street which belongs to the CBD of Augusta..

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