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Uniqlo Continues US Expansion

Fans of Uniqlo’s ultra-light down jackets or low-cost cashmere sweaters will soon be able to shop the Japanese retailer’s wares in more cities around the U.S.

The Fast Retailing-owned company, which docked stateside in 2006 and currently has 39 stores as well as an e-commerce presence, announced plans to expand for the first time into Seattle next fall and into Denver and the D.C. Metro area in the spring of 2016. All three new stores will offer Uniqlo’s full range of men’s, women’s and children’s lines.

“Having established a foothold in a number of key locations along the East and West Coasts, we are very pleased to announce our plans to continue to expand our national presence in these new markets,” said Larry Meyer, CEO of Uniqlo USA. “We have something for everyone to enjoy and feel comfortable wearing, regardless of season or personal style.”

In addition, the company has announced plans to open a Uniqlo store at Faneuil Hall in Boston this summer and on Michigan Avenue in Chicago this fall.

Known for offering inexpensive apparel in a kaleidoscope of colors (read: Supima crewneck tees for $15 and wrinkle-resistant dress shirts for $40), Uniqlo has more than 1,500 locations in 16 markets worldwide and heretofore focused its expansion efforts on Asia. It is now accelerating a push into Europe and the U.S., where its five-year plan is to reach $10 billion in sales at 1,000 stores by 2020.