Retailers Ann Taylor and Hennes & Mauritz are to open stores in Manhattan in 2001, Chain Store Age revealed.

Women's apparel retailer Ann Taylor Loft has signed a 12-year lease for a store at Broadway and Ninth Street in Manhattan. The 7,700 sq ft store is expected to open in June.

Hennes & Mauritz will open a three-level store on Seventh Avenue and 34th Street. The Swedish retailer already operates a store on 34th Street east of Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas).

The two stores would sandwich Macy's Herald Square flagship store. No timetable was given on when the 33,000 sq ft store would open.