H&M to open 1st store outside Metro Manila

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(Source: ABS-CBNnews.com | June 8, 2015)

Swedish fashion giant H&M is planning to open a store in Cebu City late this year as it continues with its expansion plan in the Philippines.

A branch in Cebu will be H&M’s first store outside Metro Manila, where it currently has stores in Mandaluyong, Makati, Manila and Quezon City.

“We are very excited to be in Cebu! With the growing interest and appreciation of Cebuanos toward H&M and the current growth upturn of retail in one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines, we believe this year is the best time to be here,” said Fredrik Famm, H&M country manager for Southeast Asia.

H&M said it will be hiring close to 100 people beginning this month to fill positions in store management, visual merchandising and sales, among others.

The company will be accepting applications online as well as on-the-site recruitment activities. Interested applicants are urged to visit hm.com/jobs for updates.

“We are a value-oriented company and we take pride in what we offer to everyone working at H&M,” said Dan Mejia, H&M Philippines’ head of communications.

The first H&M store in the Philippines opened on October 17, 2014 at SM Megamall’s Fashion Hall in Mandaluyong.

The three-level store spans 3,000 square meters and boasts a prime spot facing EDSA.

H&M also opened branches in SM Makati, SM North EDSA, Robinsons Magnolia, and Robinsons Place Manila in 2014.

H&M has more than 3,500 stores in 57 countries worldwide.