H&M temporarily closes 9 out of 10 stores in Japan

AP News
Posted: Mar 18, 2011 9:07 AM

Swedish fashion chain Hennes and Mauritz AB said it has closed nine of its 10 stores in Japan _ for now.

A company official said the company temporarily closed its nine stores, all located in the Tokyo region, earlier this week because its employees were concerned about Japan's nuclear crisis. Another store planned to open Saturday has been postponed.

H&M also operates a store in Osaka, but that location remains open.

"We are following the situation," said Hakan Andersson, an H&M spokesman. He said the company is taking a "wait and see" stance.

H&M operates more than 2,200 stores in 38 countries.