A global fashion retailer is knocking down walls to create a large new space for its new 20,000-square-foot store at Tanger Outlets in Howell Township

H&M – known for its affordable, trendy clothing for men, women, teens and children – expects to open the store, its first in Livingston County, this fall.

“We’re super excited to open a new store in Michigan,” said H&M spokesperson Patrick Shaner from his office in Manhattan, noting the company operates 14 other stores in the state and always receives a warm welcome from Michiganders.

The Swedish company was founded in 1947 and now has stores across the U.S., as well as in 64 global markets.

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“We like to say we’re known for offering fashion-forward apparel at affordable prices in a sustainable way,” Shaner said, adding that customers find everything from business and dress attire to the casual, funky or trendy look in most stores.

“It’s really about coming in, looking around and being able to mix and match and create a look head-to-toe look for your own personal style.”

H&M recently took possession of the former Wilson’s Leather location, as well as several adjacent vacant spaces. Wilson’s moved to a space between OshKosh B’gosh and Rue21, leaving a large part of that portion of the mall looking deserted.

“It might appear that we have quite a few vacancies,” said Tanger Outlets Howell General Manager Amy Stanton, “But H&M…