Apparel brand H&M will permanently close the Harajuku store alongside Meiji Street on August 2, as the lease comes to an end.

The store opened in November 2008 and was H&M’s second store in Japan. The opening coincided with a collaboration collection with COMME des GARCONS, with as many as 2,000 people lining up outside the store for the launch.

The 9-story building, named The Ice Cubes, was designed by Pelli Clarke & Partners and Jun Mitsui & Associates and completed in 2008. It has a total floor area of 3,060 sqm (33,000 sq.ft). In 2017, this building, along with four other landmark retail buildings in the neighborhood were acquired by the Government Pension Fund of Norway and Tokyu Fudosan Holdings for 132.5 billion Yen (approx. US$1.2 billion at the time).

Source: FashionSnap, July 16, 2022.