News 8 has confirmed that the stores in Eastview Mall and the Mall at Greece Ridge are closing. H&M says about 30 employees will be affected. The last day of business will be January 24th. The H&M in Buffalo and Syracuse will remain open. There is no word yet on why H&M is closing its Rochester-based stores.
Wilmorite issued the following statement on the store closings:
"After lengthy negotiations, we were unable to bridge the gap between our respective expectations for the two spaces. We are both disappointed with the outcome but must move forward. Fortunately, we are well on our way to backfilling both locations with new, exciting retail and entertainment concepts and hope to make some announcements in the coming months."