New fashion retailer coming to Dayton Mall

H&M, an international fashion retailer based in Sweden, plans to open its second Dayton-area store in the Dayton Mall late this year, mall officials said this morning.

“We’re thrilled to have them,” Dayton Mall General Manager Dave Duebber said. “This is one of those catalyst tenants that can open the doors to a lot of other retailers.”

The retailer’s first Dayton-area store is still under construction at the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek.

The 22,000-square-foot Dayton Mall store is tentatively scheduled to open before the holidays, probably in November, Duebber said. A “coming soon” sign has been posted in the space, which includes a former movie cinema between Elder-Beerman and Macy’s that has been vacant for about two decades, he said.

In part because the floor of the former movie theater is sloped, considerable site work must be done even before the store build-out can take place, Duebber said. The build-out of the clothing store is scheduled to start in June following the demolition and leveling work, the mall’s general manager said.

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H&M is known for its fashion clothing for men, women, teens and children. The company currently has Ohio stores in the Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo markets. The company operates more than 3,100 stores in 53 markets worldwide, employing more than 116,000 people. It was founded in Sweden in 1947.

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