Today, Fashionista notes that Texas – which we hear is a pretty big state or something – does not have a single H&M store. Fashionista speculates that the reason has something to do with real estate, but the lack of a Dallas or Houston H&M doesn’t seem that odd to me. Yes, there may be a bunch of locations in NYC, but there are plenty of places in the US lacking an outpost of the Swedish retailer. Here’s an abbreviated list:

  • Charlotte, NC
  • Miami, FL
  • Omaha, NE
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Montgomery, AL
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Dover, DE
  • Charleston, SC
  • Augusta, ME
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Fargo, ND
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Fresno, CA

Yes, I get that Dallas and Houston are probably bigger markets than any of these places. But as someone who grew up in a town that didn’t really have any good stores in the mall until like 1998, I guess I’m a little biased. What really bothers me is that H&M doesn’t do any online retailing. Brick and mortar stores are for The Olds. I get that what H&M is trying to do is create an environment where people camp out in their town the night before an H&M store finally opens, but it’s not really my scene. The price of real estate wouldn’t even matter if H&M did online retailing. Yeah, the shipping costs might be ridiculous depending where they kept their inventory, but I bet if you could arrange for stuff to be sent from the closest location it would be reasonably efficient.