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Uniqlo to Open First Stores in Canada

Uniqlo is expanding its business operations across North America.

The Japanese retailer is launching its first Canadian stores this fall. The country’s first location will open at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre on Sept. 30. A second Uniqlo store at Toronto’s Yorkdale mall will open on Oct. 20.

“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,” Uniqlo Canada CEO Yasuhiro Hayashi said.

Uniqlo’s CF Toronto Eaton Centre store spans roughly 27,400 square feet with two shopping levels, while the retailer’s location at Yorkdale is a two-level space and will take up approximately 25,500 square feet at the center’s new wing expansion. Both stores will feature Uniqlo’s core wardrobe staples for men, women, kids and infants, signature items including cashmere and oxford shirts and collaborations with designers such as Inès de la Fressange.

“At Uniqlo, we constantly improve our products to be able to offer more warmth, more lightness and more comfort,” Hayashi said. “Torontonians are known for celebrating individuality and continuous reinvention, and these qualities make Toronto the perfect place to open our first doors.”

Uniqlo’s move to Canada follows some store closings in the U.S. From January to June, the retailer shuttered five suburban mall locations in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Staten Island. Parent company Fast Retailing expressed the need to focus on its urban locations to cut costs and maintain its high market presence. Although Uniqlo has struggled with sales this year, it still plans to open 100 new locations by 2026.