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H & M, one of the world’s largest fashion retailers and known for offering apparel and quality basics at affordable prices, will open a store this fall at The Outlets at Tejon.

The 21,000-square-foot store will include full-priced collections for women, men, young ladies and young men, with separate “store within store” sections for lingerie, accessories, maternity  and its plus-size line H&M+.

For years, shoppers have trekked from Bakersfield to the closest H & M store in Northridge, in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley.

The new location in Lebec will also carry a children’s collection, featuring clothing for newborns up to 14 years.

H & M was founded in Sweden in 1947. It opened its first U.S. store in New York City in 2000 but now has about 300 U.S. locations, including four dozen in California. In August, the company opened its U.S. online store.

Worldwide, the company has about 3,000 stores in 53 countries and employs 104,000 people.

H&M’s Olympic Collection will be worn by the Swedish Olympic Team at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Recently, the company has been lambasted by some for touting its plus-size fashions but using models who are closer to medium size.