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Shifts make room for new retailer

Posted: March 12, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 12, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Retailer H&M is constructing a two-level store at the mall in Valencia. A spokesperson for the mall thinks it more likely that the retailer will open in October.

Swedish multi-national retail clothing company, H&M, is scheduled to open a store in Santa Clarita’s mall sometime this fall.

To accommodate the new tenant, some of the other retailers at the Westfield Valencia Town Center are moving to new locations allowing H&M to build a two-story retail store down by Sears inside the mall.

“We’re anticipating it will bring a lot of excitement to that area of the mall,” said Marketing Director Stacie House.

H&M is the first ‘trending’ fashion clothier with a two-floor store at the mall, aside from the anchor tenants Macy’s, JC Penney’s and Sears.

The Swedish retailer is known for bringing reasonably-priced clothing to their stores for men, women and teens that mirrors today’s fashion trends seen. Merchandise moves rapidly through the stores to reflect changing fashion trends – as they change.

With 3,100 stores in 53 countries, the retailer told investors it plans to increase the number of stores by 10 to 15 percent this year. Those plans should net 375 new stores worldwide, the retailer said.

“The community has been asking for an H&M for a long time,” House said. “It’s been one of our top three requested stores.”

A number of other tenants are moving around the mall to make space for the new retailer.

Teen girl retailer Justice, which is relocating to the first level inside the mall by the Sisley restaurant, is going into the location formerly occupied by Guess which closed at the end of December.

Justice is also opening a male counterpart store, Brothers.

Relocating to Town Center Drive is the fashionable plus-sized Lane Bryant store. It will be moving into the space that had been occupied by $10 or less Bookstore. The book store is moving into the space formerly occupied by

Brookstone, which closed its doors in January. The book store is a temporary tenant at the mall, House said.

Lastly, for the moment, Claire’s is moving downstairs to the first level by Macy’s. It’s in a temporary spot for now while its new spot is being built out.

“There’s lots of change, lots of shifting in anticipation of H&M opening up,” House said. “We think the store will probably open in October.”

As for Town Center Drive, Westfield also has plans to reinvigorate the outdoor city-street shopping district with new tenants as well, she said.


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