You probably of heard of the Swedish retailer H&M, or as I like to call it, the IKEA of stylish clothing. But did you know what the letters stand for?

Hennes & Mauritz.

Now you know.

H&M said it will open a store in Calhoun Square in Uptown on Dec. 14. Long a sagging property in a neighborhood that should be a retail gold mine, Calhoun Square over the years has attracted the likes of Uptown Caferia, LA Fitness, and CB2. Throw in Northface and the Apple Store across the street and you have a bit of a retail rennaisance at Hennepin and Lagoon.

H&M should be a nice draw, since it caters to the fashionable 20, 30-somethings that normally populate the area. The chain already operates a store at the Mall of America.

“Consumers in Minneapolis have proven to be extremely loyal to our brand,” Daniel Kulle, U.S. President for H&M, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to expand to Calhoun Square and offer fashion and quality at the best price for the entire family, just in time for the holidays.”


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