H&M is an international clothing retailer chain of stores which was founded in Sweden and is now officially the second largest in the world just behind Zara. With a core aim of bringing designer quality clothing but at an affordable price for most, H&M has quickly become the clothing retailer of choice for many families the world over. There are more than 4,100 H&M stores on a global scale and currently just over 260 in the United Kingdom. The clothing range encompasses garments for men, women and children, including everything from trousers, skirts, jeans, dresses, t shirts, knitwear, tops, footwear, underwear and accessories to outerwear and cosmetic items.
With stores in 62 countries across the globe it is fair to say that H&M is one of the leading clothing retailers in the world and with regards to the UK, you will find one of their stores in all major cities and many larger towns as well. These could be found in local shopping centres, retail parks and on the high street. Their infamous bright red calligraphic-logo which has been synonymous with the brand for so many years will jump out at you as soon as you see it.
H&M opening times at H&M in the UK are fairly standardised across the board with most stores opening at 9 AM and closing at 6 PM between Monday and Saturday. Most H&M opening times on Sundays will have reduced hours of 11 AM to 5 PM. You can expect these H&M opening times to alter quite dramatically during holiday periods simply because of local regulations. This means customers should check the opening times of their local H&M if they are planning a visit to the store on Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday or on bank holidays. You can check the H&M opening times at the branch closest to you online.
H&M is known the world over but many people will still be unaware of these five little facts about the powerhouse value retailing chain:
H&M predominantly sells clothes and footwear for women, men and children of all ages and is known for the quality of their products considering the budget price that they are sold for. Initially, the store in its early years only focused on women's clothing but that soon changed to allow them to expand further into the clothing market.
All types of clothes from jeans, t-shirts, jackets, shirts, blouses, trousers, jumpers and underwear can be found on the shelves of the store while they also have a good range of footwear available for purchase as well. While H&M make most of their money from their land based establishments, they also their products online to customers in 33 different countries around the world.
1947 was the year when Erling Persson founded his first shop in Sweden and little would he have known then just how big of an empire his little business would turn out to become. Primarily selling women's clothing only and called Hennes (which translates to ‘her’ in English) it was not until 1968 when he bought out a Stockholm Hunting Store by the name of Mauritz that the unisex clothing store Hennes & Mauritz was born.
Within six years the company was large enough to be listed on the London Stock Exchange as H&M expanded all over Europe as its growth boomed. The first H&M store outside of Scandinavia was actually in London but almost every European country now has a number of branches located within it. America, Asia and the Middle East are just a number of other continents that H&M has expanded to in recent years.