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Crowd pours into H&M during grand opening at Oxmoor Center

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Some of the first shoopers enter the new H&M store. Some of the first shoopers enter the new H&M store.
Tracey O'Dowd Tracey O'Dowd
The Kilkelly sisters The Kilkelly sisters
Lacy Nigg Lacy Nigg
Glenn Knight Glenn Knight

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A DJ, dancing sales associates and deep discounts greeted hundreds of customers at the grand opening of H&M inside Oxmoor Center.

For shopper Tracey O'Dowd, it was a moment 15 1/2 hours in the making.

"I camped out with my friends," said O'Dowd. "We had a tent, sleeping bag, blankets. We were warm. It was worth it."

For the Kilkelly sisters, it was a chance to get an early jump on holiday shopping.

"We were here yesterday scoping the sales," said Mollie Kilkelly.

"Christmas gifts, sweaters, blouses," said Mackenzie Kilkelly when asked what the sisters were bargain-hunting for.

The new two-story, 27,000 square foot store sparked the interests of people from all over, including Lacy Nigg of New Albany, Indiana.

"It's cool," said Nigg. "I don't ever shop here but I've only seen H&M. Never knew what it was."

That curiosity compounded with chiming registers was music to the ears of Glenn Knight, executive director of the St. Matthews Chamber of Commerce.

"We keep getting stores opening up everyday," began Knight. "We just had Nordstrom open up and that's doing really well. You know, that attracted other businesses to look at that location."

It's a boost in commercial interests that could lead to even more shopping options for customers. In addition to the newly opened H&M, Nordstrom Rack, and Cabela's, customers can now enjoy the announcement of even more stores coming to the Outlet Shoppes at Louisville currently taking form in Simpsonville.

"It's more options for shopping," said Knight. "It gets people into the neighborhood that are maybe from outside St. Matthews. It gets them to see what we have as a city inside a city."

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