Downtown Detroit’s first H&M store is opening along Woodward Avenue.
By Stephanie Steinberg
Fashion retailer H&M is opening its first location in downtown Detroit this fall.
The clothing store for women, men and children will be located in a 25,000-square-foot-space on Woodward Avenue between John R. and Park Avenue, Bedrock announced Wednesday morning. The store will be the largest retailer in Bedrock’s portfolio.
“H&M is one of those flagship retail stores that will take the Woodward Avenue shops to another level. We are hopeful that new memories and experiences will be formed once again along Woodward Avenue,” Bedrock Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert said in a press release.
H&M will span three buildings designed by Detroit architect Albert Kahn. The location is in the historic shopping district that once housed department stores such as JL Hudson’s, Himelhoch’s, Kern’s and B. Siegel. While those stores are no longer around, downtown Detroit has seen a recent growth in retail, including clothing shops.
For example, national retailer Madewell and locally owned men and women’s clothing store Good Neighbor opened last year.
Good Neighbor owner Carli Goltowski supports H&M opening downtown and says it’s “great” for Detroit.
“This city was once a shopping mecca, and it’s amazing to see it come back,” Goltowski says. “Every city needs retail — big and small!”
In the Bedrock press release, Gilbert says H&M is opening a Detroit store “because it is good for their business.”
“Retailers, tech startups, industrial companies, and people old and young are to choosing to stay in Detroit and coming from all over because the Motor City is where the opportunities are abundant,” Gilbert said. “It is an exciting time in Detroit, and H&M will only add to the unparalleled momentum.”
H&M was founded in Sweden and now has more than 4,300 stores in 66 markets. The Detroit store will be located at at 1505, 1515 and 1529 Woodward — down the street from retailers such as Nike, Under Armour, Moosejaw and Detroit Is the New Black.