H&M to open at Galleria in Fort Lauderdale

The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale
The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale

H&M is quickly expanding in South Florida, with plans to open at the Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, marking the Swedish retailer’s first location in Broward County. 

The company, whose full name is Hennes & Mauritz AB, is scheduled to open its latest store in the spring of 2016, the Galleria announced on Tuesday.

The announcement comes a day after Westland Mall in Hialeah announced the opening of an H&M on Nov. 19, which will have 24,000 square feet.

At the Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, H&M will occupy roughly 28,000 square feet, on the east end of the mall. It will mark the chain’s 27th store in Florida.

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H&M, one of the world’s largest retailers, is known for offering fashion-forward apparel at affordable prices. The new H&M store will offer collections for ladies and men, with a separate “store within a store” section for accessories. The store will also carry H&M’s children’s collection, from newborn to 14 years.

The Galleria is leased and managed by the commercial real estate firm JLL. Executive Vice President Kimli Cross and Molly Morgan, an associate of JLL, represented the landlord in the lease negotiations.

The Galleria is also launching a transformed food court, renamed Palm Court Market, which is set to reopen Nov. 15. It will have such eateries as Tobu, Stefano Versace Gelateria Italiana & Gourmet and Charleys Philly Steaks, the mall said.

The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, at 2414 East Sunrise Boulevard, is the largest and most upscale regional mall in Broward, with stores including Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Apple, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Coach, Cole Haan, J. Crew, Michael Kors, Pandora and Pottery Barn. — Ina Cordle