H&M Eyes Move to Jamaica Avenue

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska on December 6, 2013 8:46am 

 United American Land is currently purchasing two historic buildings on Jamaica Avenue, located next door a building where H&M may move.
United American Land is currently purchasing two historic buildings on Jamaica Avenue, located next door a building where H&M may move.
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QUEENS — H&M, the giant clothing retailer, is eyeing a vacant site on a commercial strip of Jamaica Avenue, sending a letter of intent to the developer, who had brought an H&M store to downtown Brooklyn earlier this year, people familiar with the plan said.

The building, at 160-08 Jamaica Ave., which has been vacant for years, is currently being renovated.

Jason Laboz of United American Land, which owns the site, told DNAinfo New York Thursday that he cannot confirm whether H&M is among retailers considered for the location.

“It’s too premature,” he said. “We are talking to a bunch of tenants.”

“I can just say that we built the building for H&M on Fulton Street in downtown Brooklyn,” he said. “Let’s see what happens here.”

He also said that United American Land is in the process of purchasing two historic buildings next door, including the former Jamaica Savings Bank headquarters, a Beaux-Arts building that became a city landmark in 2008.

Laboz added that with the purchase, the company is “working on building 150,000 square feet over 5 floors of retail.”

Nicole Christie, a spokeswoman for H&M, declined to comment. “We haven’t announced anything for that area,” she said Thursday morning.

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