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Uniqlo set to enter Canada with first Toronto stores

Casual clothing chain Uniqlo is preparing to enter the Canadian market, with dates set for the opening of its first two stores in Toronto.

The brand, which is owned by Japan's Fast Retailing, yesterday (24 August) said it will open its first Canadian store on 30 September in the CF Toronto Eaton Centre. The second location will follow on 20 October in the city's Yorkdale Shopping Centre.

"We are very excited to launch Uniqlo in Canada and introduce our LifeWear – innovative, high-quality clothing that is universal in design and comfort and made for everyone, everywhere – as well as our exceptional value and customer service to Canadian customers," says Yasuhiro Hayashi, chief operating officer of Uniqlo Canada. "At Uniqlo, we constantly improve our products to be able to offer more warmth, more lightness and more comfort."

The Uniqlo CF Toronto Eaton Centre location is a two-level store with a total sales floor of 27,400 sq ft, located on the third floor of the city's shopping centre facing Yonge-Dundas Square. Meanwhile, Uniqlo Yorkdale Shopping Centre is a two-level store featuring a total sales floor of 25,500 sq ft in the new wing expansion of the Yorkdale Shopping Centre.

In addition to its range of core items for men, women, kids and babies and the brand's signature items such as Ultra Light Down, Heattech, cashmere, extra fine Merino, jeans and oxford shirts, the stores will carry designer collaborations like the Inès de la Fressange and Carine Roitfeld collections.

The news comes just two months after Uniqlo declined to comment on reports it is scaling down its US operations and has closed five of its US stores since January.


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