After months of anticipation, the first H&M store in Puerto Rico, located in The Mall of San Juan, opened its doors Thursday. More than 1,400 H&M people lined up for more than seven hours to be the first inside the new store when it opened at noon.
Daniel Kulle, President of H&M North America, model Joan Smalls and Store Manager Amanda Fuentes, were there to cut the opening ribbon along with the staff of the brand new location.
“We’re thrilled with the amazing response we have had from our customers here. This enthusiasm makes us feel part of the local community,” said Kulle. “We look forward to offering even more quality fashion at the best price to the people of Puerto Rico through our continued expansion here.”
For the grand opening of this new market for the retailer, the first 1,000 customers in line received giveaways valued from $10 to $1,000 and 20 lucky customers won a meet and greet with Smalls before the ribbon cutting. As part of H&M’s “Garment Collecting” initiative, customers who brought in garments to donate were entered to win up to $1,000 in gift cards.
“Seeing H&M arrive in San Juan is truly an exciting and important moment for the people of Puerto Rico,” said Smalls. “I couldn’t be more excited to be back home to help celebrate this amazing opening!”
H&M will continue to grow on the island with a second store at Plaza del Sol located in Bayamon, slated to open in the fall of 2016.