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So we all kind of knew H&M was coming to town, given all the rumors circulating this summer.

But yesterday the company finally confirmed in public that the Swedish clothing chain will open at the Light Street Pavillion at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

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My colleague Lorraine Mirabella attended a meeting of the city's design board where H&M officials were at hand to present their architectual plans for the two-story site. The officials didn't talk to reporters, but told the panel they hoped to open the store by mid-March, Lorraine told me.

The store could help fill some of the dead space at Harborplace, which has suffered from a string of store closings.

H&M is known for its trendy, affordable fashions. The inventory in the store turns over a lot so the latest fashions are always on the rack. The prices are meant to be cheap enough so that shoppers can stay on top of the trends.

Some people will be happy about the new shopping choices, but others could think that an H&M will make Baltimore's downtown shopping look like any other mall in America. Tell us what you think.

And take our poll.

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