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UNIQLO to open new store in Surrey in spring 2018

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Kenneth Chan Nov 01, 2017 4:56 pm 6,126

Metro Vancouver’s second UNIQLO store will be landing south of the Fraser in the spring of 2018.

The Japanese clothing retailer announced today it will be opening a store at Guildford Town Centre shopping mall in Surrey.

UNIQLO entered the Canadian market with its first store in Toronto approximately a year ago, and it expanded into Metro Vancouver last month with a store opening at Metropolis at Metrotown.

“Vancouver is a welcoming gateway for Asian immigrants, so it’s a perfect destination for us, a perfect market,” said UNIQLO Founder and CEO Tadashi Yanai through a translator during a previous sit-down interview with Daily Hive.

“So, I should have come to Vancouver first and then moved on to Toronto. Sometimes sequences do not follow as we wish. We should have built Vancouver first, or Toronto right after Vancouver.”

Although the region’s second UNIQLO location was expected to be a flagship store in downtown Vancouver, the company still plans to proceed with a prominent undisclosed location in the city centre.

UNIQLO currently has over 1,900 stores across the world, with the largest store being its 89,000-sq-ft flagship at New York City’s Fifth Avenue. The typical store size averages between 15,000 sq. ft. and 20,000 sq. ft., with flagships being larger.

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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