Popular fashion retailer H&M is opening a new store in Kildonan Place Shopping Centre.
The Swedish company announced on Monday the new outlet will open late this spring in the Regent Avenue mall.
The announcement confirms a long-standing rumour that H&M would be one of three high-profile retailers who would be setting up shop in a portion of the former Target department store space in the mall. The other two — Marshalls and HomeSense — announced on Jan. 19 they will be opening a new 45,000-square-foot superstore in the centre April 18.
Kildonan Place general manager Sandra Hagenaars said at that time that HomeSense and Marshalls would be among 11 new tenants moving into the redeveloped Target space, which has been vacant since 2015 when the U.S.-based retail giant announced it was withdrawing from the Canadian market.
However, she said she couldn't comment on who the others are, or if H&M would be one of them.
Coun. Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan) revealed last March that site drawings Kildonan Place submitted to the East Kildonan-Transcona community committee showed Marshalls, HomeSense and H&M would be moving into the Target space. Kildonan Place officials said at the time they were just conceptional drawings and that no leases had been signed with any prospective tenants.
The H&M release did not say how big the new store would be, but said it will employ 35 people.
The company has one other store in the city in the Polo Park shopping centre. That outlet opened in September 2014, and is one of 83 the company has opened in Canada since entering the market in 2004.