The uber-popular Japanese fashion retailer, Uniqlo is officially opening a store in Edmonton, Alberta next month. Get excited because you'll finally be able to shop these minimalist looks without the fuss of loud and obnoxious labels.
This globally-loved Japanese fashion retailer has just announced its first-ever Alberta location. Uniqlo will be opening in Edmonton on September 27, 2019 at the West Edmonton Mall.
According to Retail Insider, the store will be catering specifically to cold Alberta weather with tons of outerwear and thermal products. The location will also be selling limited-edition t-shirts in honour of the grand opening.
The new Uniqlo storefront will be located on the second-level of West Edmonton Mall in a 15,000 square foot retail space. It will be overlooking the mall's indoor skating rink. The fashion hot-spot will be taking over what was formerly three other retail spaces.
If we know anything about Uniqlo, it's that they love to celebrate openings with gifts, prizes and balloons. When they opened their newest store in Metro Vancouver earlier this year, they celebrated by giving away free clothing to the first 500 customers at the store.
Uniqlo’s Alberta location will be the first in Canada outside of Toronto and Vancouver. The expansion is kicking off a series of new introductions around the country, says Retail Insider.
Although there are already stores in Canada's two largest cities, the popular Japanese store will be expanding further into Canada. According to Retail Insider, Uniqlo has been posting jobs for a new Montreal location and they are expecting an announcement for Calgary! It looks like Alberta might be getting two Uniqlos instead of just one.
Uniqlo opened its first unisex clothing store in Japan in 1984 under the name “Unique Clothing Warehouse.” After a misspelling error, the name changed in 1991 and over 100 stores existed in Japan by 1994. The fan-favourite retailer expanded all over the world, hitting the United States in 2004.
They didn’t come to Canada until 2016, with their first location landing in Toronto. Better late than never, they are now expanding rapidly around the country and you can expect some new stores to pop up in Canada’s metropolitan cities in the coming months.