Tuesday, January 28, 2014

H&M Opening on Connecticut Avenue

H&M would occupy the 1st floor space of 1133 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington Business Journal is reporting that the old Filene's Basement space at 1133 Connecticut Ave NW (Desales St) will be filled by H&M. Filene's Basement was a high-end discount retailer. At its height, the chain had more than 20 stores, but eventually shuttered all of them by 2011. Seems to be the way; Loehmanns, a similar business, is also closing shop after more than 90 years in business.

The Swedish retail giant H&M is known for selling its own brands of "fast-fashion," affordable clothes and housewares. There are over 2,000 stores across many countries. The new store would come in at a sizable 28,000 square feet (similar to the TJ Maxx in Metro Center) and would be the third fourth  fifth H&M in the District, joining the department store format store in Georgetown, the two-level store at 11th and F NW, recently opened store inside Union Station, and Friendship Heights.