On Thursday May 22, 2008, the Vancouver Pacific Center skyline was forever changed by Hennes & Mauritz, the Swedish retail chain store known for its fashionable yet affordable clothing. It has been a week since its grand opening on the 2nd floor of Pacific Centre, in the space formerly occupied by Holt Renfrew before its relocation. On that day, a lineup spiraled around H&M’s exterior while eager customers awaited the store’s opening at noon or hoped to score gift cards in celebration of this joyous occasion and walked out of the store with a branded, reuseable shopping bag and the H&M magazine. My mom came home that evening from work and was a little bit too excited about her free magazine – like it was some glorious prize that wasn’t stacked up by the cash register for every person to get a free copy of.
A week later, the madness has barely thinned out as shoppers still hurridly carried armfuls of colorful clothing – dress shirts for $20, camisoles for $6, eager to swoop in on bargains like a hunting rampage. It’s as if the store just opened last week!…oh wait, it did. I heard one girl exclaim to her friend, “Just get it! It’s so cheap!” Nonetheless, I don’t envy waiting in the changing room line-ups nor for the cashier.
My recommendation? H&M has a 30-day return policy, so buy your treasures now and try them on at home later!