Metro Vancouver shoppers will not have to wait long for the region’s second UNIQLO store.
Earlier this morning, the Japanese clothing retailer opened its first store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre, which is considered a standard size store for the company.
Through a translator, UNIQLO Founder and CEO Tadashi Yanai told Daily Hive in a sit-down interview that the Metrotown location will be followed up by a second Vancouver store, possibly as early as spring 2018.
As it will be the long-awaited flagship store, the downtown location will be larger than the new 20,800-sq-ft Metrotown location.
But the exact location of the store has not been revealed.
Industry sources say UNIQLO has been looking for a highly centralized and prominent streetfront retail space.
This includes a possible location on the 1000 block of Robson Street and the new three-storey retail building slated to replace Pacific Centre’s glass rotunda at the corner of Howe and West Georgia streets.
MUJI, another major Japanese retailer, will also be opening a flagship store on Robson Street, but before the end of this year. The 16,000-sq-ft store will be more than twice the size of the Metrotown store and one of the retailer’s largest international stores. It will take over the spaces vacated by Gap and Below The Belt on the 1100 block of the street.