UNIQLO to Open Over 20 New Stores Across U.S. and Canada in 2024

UNIQLO to Open Over 20 New Stores Across U.S. and Canada in 2024

Global apparel retailer UNIQLO is set to accelerate its rapid expansion in North America, with plans to open more than 20 new stores across the United States and Canada in 2024, the company announced on Thursday.

The Japan-based clothing brand, known for its minimalist basics and innovative fabrics, will focus its growth on eastern and western regions of North America, including several new markets. The 2024 store openings will double UNIQLO’s current pace, marking a milestone as the company aims to reach 200 stores in North America by 2027.

“We couldn’t be more excited to enter the next phase of our North American expansion plan and serve more customers in the U.S. and Canada,” said Daisuke Tsukagoshi, chief executive of UNIQLO North America, in a statement. “Stores are the heartbeat of our business, where we can engage with our local communities, hear directly from our customers, and best understand their needs to continue to improve and perfect our products. We’re looking forward to a big year ahead.”

Since debuting its first North American location in New York in 2005, UNIQLO has offered a unique retail experience with its LifeWear clothing line, which features simple, high-quality everyday apparel designed with both style and function in mind.

The brand saw significant growth in North America in its 2022-2023 fiscal year ending in August, and expects strong results to continue into 2024, with double-digit sales growth forecast for existing stores even as new locations are added.

Recent hits like UNIQLO’s viral shoulder bag and buzzy collaborations with designers like Jil Sander have boosted the company’s popularity globally. As UNIQLO expands into new markets and communities in the U.S. and Canada, it aims to build deeper local connections while evolving its customer experience, the company said.

Among the new stores slated for a Spring 2024 opening are locations in Tacoma, Washington; Lynnwood, Washington; Braintree, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; Staten Island, New York; Toronto; Calgary; Ottawa; and other cities.

The ambitious expansion plan reflects UNIQLO’s continued momentum in the competitive North American retail market, as the Japanese brand seeks to carve out a bigger foothold with its mix of affordable basics, technical fabrics and limited-edition collaborations.

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