FASHION retailer H&M has taken delivery of its new store at Huddersfield’s Kingsgate Centre.
Shopfitting has been completed and the Swedish-owned retailer will begin moving stock into the 20,000sq ft two-storey unit from today in readiness for opening on September 1.
The update came as Kingsgate Centre manager Jonathan Hardy also announced the imminent arrival of fashion jewellery chain Pandora, which is due to open early September.
Mr Hardy said: “The H&M store was handed over yesterday.
“The shopfront has been revealed and the H&M signage has gone up.
“They will be stocking up over the next 10 days ready to open on scheduled on Thursday, September 1.”
Mr Hardy added: “Pandora is a growing fashion jewellery brand that we have wanted to bring to Huddersfield and it is a great acquisition for us.
“Once they are on board, there will be only three vacant units, all of which have offers at various stages.”
Magnus Olsson, H&M’s country manager for the UK and Ireland, said: “We are very much looking forward to opening the doors to our brand new store.
“H&M is continuing to expand in the UK this autumn and Huddersfield’s Kingsgate Shopping Centre is an exciting new location for us.”
The two-storey store will employ about 20 members of staff in a mix of full and part-time posts and will offer H&M collections for women, men, teens and children over 17,000sq ft of selling space. There will also be 3,000sq ft for storage.
H&M now has 200 stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
The Kingsgate store is one of 11 confirmed new H&M stores opening in the UK & Republic of Ireland this autumn. H&M opened 10 new UK stores this spring.