One of the world’s trendiest retailers has swung open its doors in Regina.
Swedish clothier H&M has christened a two-level, 25,000-square-foot store at the Cornwall Centre, an arrival that had people lining up around the block to stock up on the latest fashions for ladies, men, teens and kids.
Toni Galli, country manager of H&M Canada, said she was “thrilled” to open the Regina location and hire 40 associates as part of its continued expansion in Canada.
“We have been waiting for a great location in Saskatchewan and are very happy to have finally found one,” she said.
That was little consolation to fashionistas in Saskatoon, however. Kelly Macsymic, a sales associate with ICR Commercial Real Estate in the province’s biggest city, said there are a number of locations that could accommodate an H&M store, including the former Sears space at Midtown Plaza, which is being carved up for smaller tenants.
“That’s a big retailer for [Cornwall Centre], for any centre really. That’s a feather in the cap for them. They’ve done a lot of work to attract national tenants. H&M will be a great cornerstone for their mall,” she said.
Cornwall still has some work to do as it has its own space – about 120,000 square feet over two storeys – that used to house Sears that remains empty.
H&M first arrived on Canadian shores in 2004 and now has 85 locations across the country. It has garnered a reputation for offering the latest fashion at low prices