Fashion retailer H&M to open at Liberty Center

The 30,000-square-foot Butler County store will add to the 13 current locations of H&M in Ohio, according to the company.

Swedish-based H&M offers collections ranging from ladies and men to separate “store within a store” sections for accessories, maternity, sport apparel and its plus-sized line. The Liberty Center location will also carry H&M’s children’s collection, from newborn to 14 years.

With the opening of the Liberty Center store, H&M is “proud to add to its current, ever-expanding total of approximately 15,000 U.S. employees,” according to a press release from the company. The brand continues to grow in both new and existing markets while remaining focused on quality, high profitability and sustainability, according to the retailer.

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Since H&M opened the doors to its first U.S. store on New York’s Fifth Avenue 15 years ago, the U.S. has been one of the retailer’s most successful markets, according to the international company.

Developer Steiner + Associates, along with other partners, is currently building the approximately $350 million Liberty Center project in Butler County’s Liberty Twp., at the intersection of Ohio 129, Liberty Way and Interstate 75. The center’s first phase is expected to open in October 2015.

Three anchor tenants — Dillard’s department store, dinner-and-movie theater CineBistro and Dick’s Sporting Goods — have been announced for Liberty Center along with AC Hotels by Marriott and The Funny Bone Comedy Club and Restaurant.

Estimates are for Liberty Center’s retailers, restaurants and other businesses to create approximately 3,500 new jobs in Butler County by 2018, according to Liberty Twp. Economic Development Director Caroline McKinney.

At an update held on the construction site Thursday, May 21, Steiner + Associates announced a community partnership for Liberty Center with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, which operates its Liberty Campus, also in Liberty Twp., nearby. Cincinnati Children’s, the largest employer in Liberty Twp., will provide programming and education for residents and guests of the retail center.

“As we plan Liberty Center, we are trying to create a place that will become the civic, the social and the commercial hub of this whole region,” said Yaromir Steiner, founder and chief executive officer of the Columbus-based development company.

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