It’s Official: H & M is moving into U. Village

Ok, I admit, I was wrong. I posted that perhaps H&M was moving into Northgate, but the official announcement has just come through on the MySpace page:

Posted: Jul 30, 2007 6:07 AM
We’re happy to announce we are opening a new H&M at University Village
in Seattle, Washington in spring 2008!

Stay tuned for more info.

You can always check out the latest H&M locations at www.hm.com.

Make sure to join www.hmfriendsandfamily.com and we’ll be sure to keep
you updated on all of our special offers and promotions!

So, Seattle, you can drop your fleece and buy your self cheap sweaters and coats of all sorts, along with the finest selection of cheap bathing suits, and that really cute hooded bathrobe thing that I’m totally jealous of, which my roommate came home from San Fran with.

H&M, which stands for “Hennes och Mauritz,” started out as a Swedish men’s clothing store called Mauritz, and then they added womens’ cloths (hennes = hers). It is, in my humble opinion, the best place to buy all those clothes that you want so bad but only end up wearing once or twice, because this way you can afford that terrible habit–not to mention that sometimes you end loving the stuff and wear it forever. For those of you have never been to H&M or its friend in cheap, cute European clothes, TopShop, it is like Forever 21 had a love child with The Powder Room. Everything is fun, flirty, and dirt cheap, and will actually last a decent amount of time, unlike certain other cheap outfitters (F21, Charlotte Russe), I have H&M gear that lasted more than a year–both fashionably and physically.

Which brings us to our next mystery, where is it going in? My first thought was that the Key Bank building (which I know is changing hands because Cactus was thinking of opening a restaurant there). Other Metbloggers opinions after the jump.

That KeyBank thing is so strange, it’s obviously not really a part of the 1990s UV redevelopment, yet UV leases the sign on top of the bank to pimp the mall that the bank isn’t a part of. Unless they scrape the bank, though, I can’t imagine a H&M fitting in that building.

A few years back I saw a “Notice of Proposed Land Use” in the parking lot near the viaduct, which implied they were going to be infilling that entire area with new construction. Could they get that done before Spring 2008? I guess that’s a whole year…–Peter

–To this, I add, they must be planning to tear it down anyways, if a restaurant was considering moving in.

Isn’t the old Eddie Bauer Home space still technically vacant? I know
the Sony Style store was only supposed to be temporary.

What’s going into the old Molbak’s space that’s been under construction forever?–Dylan

Now you tell us, where is it going?

5 Comments so far

  1. Tony B. (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

    My wife is estatic about this, me not so much. I’ve been in a few around the country and to tell you the truth the men’s stuff kind of sucks. The fits are are kind of off (this isn’t just me all the other guys I know who have been to one complain of the same thing), which seems kind of strange considering it started out as a men’s clothing store.


  2. Sandy (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 5:11 pm

    I am so excited! They have the cutest stuff. Most of the times I have shopped there have been in Europe, where by the time you pay the exchange rate, it’s not that cheap at all!

    I was just down in San Francisco on Tuesday and went into H&M with a friend. I lamented the fact that it would probably be 10 years before Seattle got one…so glad that I am wrong! :-)


  3. ellen (unregistered) on August 5th, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

    I loved H&M before I lived in a city with one (or, some). I have wondered whether a large part of the allure of it is when it isn’t in your city, so no one knows where you got stuff, or at least couldn’t get it themselves (easily).

    Now for my cheap and chic, I shop at Forever 21 and Uniqlo.


  4. Matt S. (unregistered) on August 7th, 2007 @ 5:33 pm

    That’s perfect. I just moved here – from Northern Virginia, the Fair Oaks Store – about 2 months ago and was wondering if we had any around here. GLAD THEY’RE HERE…well, going to be here!


  5. Java Betty (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

    The old Molbak’s space has been Smith & Hawken for 4 years. Radio Shack, Yves de Lorme, and a tanning joint are in the new construction space that was built next to it.



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