The low-cost fashion retailer H&M is constructing a 20,000-square-foot space at The Parks at Arlington mall that is set to open in August.
The new store, H&M’s 35th in Texas, will be on the mall’s ground level, near Macy’s. It will hire about 20 full-time employees, adding part-time help during the holidays.
H&M offers a constantly changing selection of trendy fashions and designer collaborations with red-hot labels such as Versace and Alexander Wang. The store will have clothing for ladies, men, young ladies and young men, plus separate “store within a store” sections for accessories and a children's collection.
“Texas is a great market for us,” H&M spokesman Patrick Shaner said. “We have great turnouts at our stores when we open them.”
The Sweden-based chain opened a 31,000-square-foot store at Sundance Square in Fort Worth almost a year ago. The H&M website’s store locator shows 11 locations in North Texas, including three in Fort Worth.
Nationwide, the chain has about 16,000 employees at 474 stores.
Lorie Lisius, the Arlington mall’s senior general manager, is enthusiastic about the new store.
“This H&M will be the only location in Arlington and has been highly anticipated by The Parks’ shoppers,” she told the city of Arlington’s news website. She named three other new attractions at the mall:
▪ Breakout Escapes: The entertainment venue, which opened in March, devises clues and puzzles that participants follow to escape from a room — there are four themed escapes — in a race against the clock.
▪ Daiso Japan: Set to open in May, in an 8,000-square-foot space between Nordstrom Rack and DSW Shoes, it offers offers a taste of Japanese culture in more than 2,800 stores in Japan and 4,000 worldwide. Often referred to as the “Japanese dollar store,” its products include Kawaii stationery, origami paper, bento boxes and sensu fans.
▪ Waves Apparel: Specializing in ready-to-wear ladies’ apparel, accessories and shoes, it’s set to open this summer in a 6,800-square-foot store next to Sears.
This story contains material from the Star-Telegram archives.