HENNES & MAURITZ was formed in Sweden in 1947.
H&M has about 76,000 employees and more than 2,200 stores in 38 countries.
The company opened its first store in the UK in 1976 at Brent Cross Shopping Centre and now has 183 stores in the UK and 11 in the Republic of Ireland.
H&M launched online shopping in the UK last September when it also carried out a major refit of its flagship Oxford Street store in London.
The company opened 24 stores across the UK last year – while Kingsgate is one of several sites earmarked for expansion in 2011 and beyond.