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WASHINGTON, DC-Swedish unisex fashion apparel chain Hennes & Mauritz has decided to penetrate the District and surrounding areas with the opening of a store in 27,000 sf of space at the former Woodward & Lothrop “Woodies” building, now called the Woodies Building @ Metro Center. H&M’s downtown DC outlet will be one of seven that will open in the Metropolitan Washington, DC region. District officials hope that H&M’s presence in the long-vacant building will help to revitalize the retail sector in this particular area of downtown.

The financial terms of H&M’s lease with property owner Douglas Development Corp. have not been disclosed. But Douglas’s Norman Jemal tells GlobeSt.com, “They signed a long term lease, the total rent may be higher depending on the performance of the store.” Owners of the clothing store plan to hire 100 employees between this location and another location to be opened in Georgetown. “H&M has promised to target District residents for the 100 jobs the two District stores will create,” deputy mayor for Planning and Economic Development Eric Price says in a statement. The DC Department of Employment Services is currently working with H&M to train unemployed residents for those jobs.”

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