For whatever reason, Tampa is one of those markets that shopping chains take a long time to reach. We were the last city in Florida to receive an IKEA, for instance. And the same was true with "cheap chic" Swedish fashion retailer H&M. People would visit other, larger cities and come back with tales of this magical store, which made the populace clamor for one of their own. Finally, just in time for last year's holidays, H&M arrived in International Plaza.
Now comes news that our new favorite store will be expanding its reach again in the Tampa market, adding stores to Westshore Plaza in South Tampa and Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg. The new stores will be open by the end of the year.
The people of Tampa have been dressed like these mannequins since H&M opened — Photo courtesy of H&M
Not many details about the new stores have been made available, except that the Westshore store will expand on the men's, women's, and children's sections of the IP store and also offer a section for accessories and lingerie. They had to do something to differentiate the two stores, considering they are located only a couple of miles apart.
H&M is the second-largest apparel retailer in the world, with 2,300 stores. 233 of them are in the United States. They have also expanded the confidence of the Tampa Bay area, which once again has something the bigger cities have.