Changes at York Galleria: H&M coming, Victoria’s Secret and rue21 expanding

York Galleria says it will open an H&M store late this year.-(File)

The York Galleria is planning what its general manager calls an “exciting” series of additions for 2016, including the opening of the stylish retail store H&M by this fall.

The suburban mall northeast of York announced this week that H&M will open a 20,000-square-foot store in time for the 2016 holiday season.

That is among other moves that are “going to eliminate some of the vacancies in our center, so it is very positive,” York Galleria general manager Lucinda Hartshorne told the Business Journal on Wednesday.

H&M will use part of the former J.C. Penney building along with the mall common area and the former Bath & Body Works location for its store, according to a Galleria news release.

H&M began as a women’s clothing store called Hennes that opened in Sweden in 1947. It opened its first U.S. store in New York in 2000. H&M now has nearly 3,900 stores worldwide, including at Park City shopping center in Lancaster and Harborplace in Baltimore. It announced in January that it will also open a store at Capital City Mall in Cumberland County. 

More than 40,000 square feet of new or renovated retail space will open in 2016 at the 900,000-square-foot Galleria, the sprawling 90-plus-store shopping center at Route 30 and Route 24 in Springettsbury Township.

Other upcoming moves will include:

• Bath & Body Works will temporarily relocate to the mall’s lower level, near Verizon and Sprint, while it renovates and expands with its “White Barn Candle Co.” concept introduced last year.

• Victoria’s Secret will move to the former Justice space and expand into a larger location by this coming fall. Justice is at the adjoining York Town Center shopping center.

• rue21 also will be expanding into a larger space adjacent to its store, and the project should be completed by June.

The mix of leasing, remodeling and other steps now going on at her mall “is both exciting and invigorating for the center and the community,” Hartshorne said. She didn’t have an estimate of how many vacancies remain at the Galleria.

The moves at the Galleria come on the heels of others in recent months.

In late 2015, the growing Hibbett Sports chain moved in on the upper level between the Food Court and Boscov’s, and in January, Christopher and Banks & CJ Banks relocated and consolidated into the current Christopher and Banks location.

The Galleria is owned and managed by CBL & Associates Properties Inc. of Chattanooga, Tenn. (NYSE:CBL).

David O'Connor
Dave O'Connor covers York County, manufacturing, higher education, nonprofits, and workforce development. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at doconnor@cpbj.com.

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