To celebrate the opening of its brand new downtown Detroit store and its continued support of the community, H&M donated $20,000 to the Youth Mosaic Theatre of Detroit to support its impact on youth in the arts.
H&M hosted the Youth Mosaic Theatre of Detroit during its opening party at the store on Woodward Avenue, where the group of kids performed.
The Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit was founded in 1992 and provides acting and singing training for hundreds of youth from more than 50 metro Detroit schools. The organization has toured their all-teen performances in Europe, Asia, Africa, 25 U.S. states, the White House, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Apollo Theater. At the 2014 World Choir Games in Latvia, the group brought home two gold and two silver medals. About 95 percent of the group’s performers have gone on to college.
“H&M has been so warmly welcomed by the city of Detroit and we are so excited to be a part of this community”, said Ezinne Kwubiri, H&M’s North American Inclusion and Diversity Leader.
Bedrock officials said hundreds of eager shoppers lined up as early as 5:30 am. to get into the first H&M store in Detroit, located at 1505 Woodward Avenue at the northwest corner of Woodward and Clifford Street. The 25,000-square-foot space offers women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing and accessories.
The first 500 customers in line at the grand opening/ribbon cutting received giveaways valued from $10-$500. Customers who brought in garments for H&M’s Garment Collecting Initiative were entered to win up to $500 in gift cards. Store hours for the location will be 10-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11-7 p.m. on Sunday.
The historic Woodward shopping district was once home to Detroit’s most prominent department stores, such as JL Hudson’s (once the world’s tallest department store), Himelhoch’s, Kern’s, B. Siegel, and others.
The three landmark buildings that H&M will inhabit at 1505, 1515, and 1529 Woodward were all designed by prolific Detroit architect Albert Kahn. The new Detroit H&M location has roots in the fashion industry, as it was once home to the Richman Brothers Co., a men’s haberdashery. The building has undergone significant renovations and is now home to offices of International Bancard and Rocket Fiber.
COVER PHOTO: Youth Mosaic Theatre of Detroit performed at H&M’s opening party in Detroit.