Coquitlam Centre will be the crown jewel of Lower Mainland shopping destinations today when it opens the doors to the province’s long-awaited first H&M store.


The popular chain, which is likened to the Ikea of clothing retailers, offers the latest fashions for all ages at low prices. The Swedish franchise is celebrating 60 years this year and has 1,400 stores in 28 countries.


Laura Shankland, marketing and communications, said H&M opened its first British Columbia outlet in Coquitlam because it offered the best space.


“In terms of timing we were able to get this location earlier,” she added.


Shankland denied rumours the centre got a deal to have the only local H&M for one year and said that Pacific Centre will likely open an outlet this spring.

She said when the store opened at the West Edmonton Mall this year 300 people waited for the doors to open. The same is expected today when the Coquitlam store opens at noon.

A big deal

  • Coquitlam Centre’s 25,000-square-foot branch is the third largest H&M in Canada after Toronto’s Eaton Centre and West Edmonton Mall.