- Robyn Turk |
H&M is expanding the customer experience in its brick and mortar stores. The international retailer has just introduced a concept cafe to its Westfield White city store in London.
Called It's Pleat, the cafe is the first H&M has introduced to London, yet the fourth globally. The brand's first cafe debuted in Stockholm last year. It's Pleat serves breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout store opening hours.
The H&M Group describes the It's Pleat cuisine as "health-ish." The menu encompasses pastries like cinnamon buns and banana breads, as well as signature salads and sandwiches.
“We think of our philosophy as a healthy-ish approach to food,” the cafe's managing director Ulrika Leveren told the Evening Standard. “Some days all you need is a healthy salad and coconut water, and sometimes only a slice of chocolate cake and a cappuccino will do the trick.”
In a time where shoppers can buy just about anything a store offers from the tap of a finger on a smartphone screen, It's Pleat works to give consumers another reason to enter a physical retail location. The in-store eatery also helps H&M to secure its standards of sustainability within the eyes of the consumer. It's Pleat's food packaging is decomposable, and the cafe plans to compost waste.
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It's showtime. Today we opened our first café in the UK. Come visit us on the second floor of the H&M store in Westfield, White City, London. * * * * * * H&M club members get a free coffee and 15% off any purchase. * * * * * * Welcome. #itspleat #london #healthyish #coffeetreatsitspleat