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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Customer Jontel M. Worrell raises her arms in celebrations as H&M employees welcome her, as she is one of the first customers to enter the new H&M store. Charlotte's first H&M store opened Thursday at Northlake Mall with a long line. The first 200 people in the door got a free t-shirt and a "fashion pass" worth between $10 and $300. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    A large line forms outside the new Northlake Mall H&M store before the store's grand opening Thursday. Charlotte's first H&M store opened Thursday at Northlake Mall with a long line. The first 200 people in the door got a free t-shirt and a "fashion pass" worth between $10 and $300. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    A large line forms outside the new Northlake Mall H&M store before the store's grand opening Thursday. Charlotte's first H&M store opened Thursday at Northlake Mall with a long line. The first 200 people in the door got a free t-shirt and a "fashion pass" worth between $10 and $300. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Employees cheer as they cut the red ribbon and welcome a long line of customers into Charlotte's first H&M store Thursday at Northlake Mall. The first 200 people in the door got a free t-shirt and a "fashion pass" worth between $10 and $300. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Employees cheer as they cut the red ribbon and welcome a long line of customers into Charlotte's first H&M store Thursday at Northlake Mall. The first 200 people in the door got a free t-shirt and a "fashion pass" worth between $10 and $300. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    H&M store manager Allanna Bell (facing camera) hugs employees as they prepare to cut the ribbon opening Charlotte's first H&M store Thursday at Northlake Mall with a long line. The first 200 people in the door got a free t-shirt and a "fashion pass" worth between $10 and $300. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    H&M employees at right welcome the huge line of customers into the new H&M store. Charlotte's first H&M store opened Thursday at Northlake Mall with a long line. The first 200 people in the door got a free t-shirt and a "fashion pass" worth between $10 and $300. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Customer Tasia Moore gets armloads of clothes as Charlotte's first H&M store opened Thursday at Northlake Mall. The first 200 people in the door got a free t-shirt and a "fashion pass" worth between $10 and $300. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Customers (including Tasia Moore at front right) get armloads of clothes as Charlotte's first H&M store opened Thursday at Northlake Mall. The first 200 people in the door got a free t-shirt and a "fashion pass" worth between $10 and $300. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Customer Tasia Moore gets armloads of clothes as Charlotte's first H&M store opened Thursday at Northlake Mall. The first 200 people in the door got a free t-shirt and a "fashion pass" worth between $10 and $300. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Customer Tasia Moore gets armloads of clothes as Charlotte's first H&M store opened Thursday at Northlake Mall. The first 200 people in the door got a free t-shirt and a "fashion pass" worth between $10 and $300. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Customers get armloads of clothes as Charlotte's first H&M store opened Thursday at Northlake Mall. The first 200 people in the door got a free t-shirt and a "fashion pass" worth between $10 and $300. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    L-r Sugely Marte and Rudibel Lopez peek into the windows of the new Northlake Mall H&M store as a line forms in the background before the store's grand opening Thursday. Charlotte's first H&M store opened Thursday at Northlake Mall with a long line. The first 200 people in the door got a free t-shirt and a "fashion pass" worth between $10 and $300. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    L-r Rudibel Lopez and Sugely Marte peek into the windows of the new Northlake Mall H&M store as a line forms in the background before the store's grand opening Thursday. Charlotte's first H&M store opened Thursday at Northlake Mall with a long line. The first 200 people in the door got a free t-shirt and a "fashion pass" worth between $10 and $300. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Madeline Wyatt sits in line with other shoppers as Charlotte's first H&M store opened Thursday at Northlake Mall with a long line. The first 200 people in the door got a free t-shirt and a "fashion pass" worth between $10 and $300. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Katherine Herrera sits in line with other shoppers as Charlotte's first H&M store opened Thursday at Northlake Mall with a long line. The first 200 people in the door got a free t-shirt and a "fashion pass" worth between $10 and $300. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Matthew Olian of H&M hands out treats to the people in line in front of the new Northlake Mall H&M store before the store's grand opening Thursday. Charlotte's first H&M store opened Thursday at Northlake Mall with a long line. The first 200 people in the door got a free t-shirt and a "fashion pass" worth between $10 and $300. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Customers get armloads of clothes as Charlotte's first H&M store opened Thursday at Northlake Mall. The first 200 people in the door got a free t-shirt and a "fashion pass" worth between $10 and $300. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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    DIEDRA LAIRD - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Customers get armloads of clothes as Charlotte's first H&M store opened Thursday at Northlake Mall. The first 200 people in the door got a free t-shirt and a "fashion pass" worth between $10 and $300. Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
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