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Uniqlo shutters smaller US stores to focus on bigger units and first Disney Resort store

Japan casualwear giant Uniqlo is reportedly scaling down its smaller US stores, having “quietly” closed five units since January.

According to the New York Post, the Fast Retailing-owned brand will be concentrating on larger stores in bigger metropolitan areas.

The report says Uniqlo has closed five suburban shopping mall stores in Danbury, Connecticut; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Willow Grove, Pennsylvania; Northridge, California; and Staten Island, which was open less than three years.

According to the New York Post, the company may be anticipating “stiff competition” from UK value retailer Primark which is expanding in the US, opening its second and third store at the Staten Island Mall and Danbury Fair Mall, which Uniqlo just exited.

Although Uniqlo spokesperson Aldo Liguori declined to comment on the closures, he told the newspaper the company is focusing on large cities in the US where it can open large stores.

That stance is backed up by Uniqlo’s latest store in Southeastern US, opening a 25,000 sq ft store in Disney Springs, at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, next month.

The two- floor store will showcase the brand’s full assortment of LifeWear as well as items that incorporate its Japanese heritage.

“The new location will give families from all around the world an innovative and unforgettable retail experience, as well as feature an assortment of Disney-inspired products,” said Hiroshi Taki, CEO of Uniqlo USA.

The retailer currently operates 43 US stores including Los Angeles, Seattle and Boston.


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