Uniqlo targets 25 store openings

Published:  15 June, 2006

Japanese value fashion brand Uniqlo is continuing to rebuild its UK presence, and plans to open up to 25 new stores in London and the South East by 2010.

The retailer, which launched in the UK in Autumn 2001, currently has six stores across London in locations such as Oxford Street, Regent Street, Wimbledon, Richmond and Kingston-Upon-Thames and has recently opened stores in Wandsworth and Bromley.

It is now looking to acquire two further central London stores of up to 30,000 sq ft. This store concept will mirror that of the flagship location in Ginza, Tokyo which houses the brands other ranges not seen in the UK before.

James Ebel, director of Uniqlo's agent Harper Dennis Hobbs, said: “Outside of central London we are targeting stores ranging from 6,000 to 10,000 sq ft in locations such as Bluewater, Lakeside, Reading and Guildford, as well as high street sites in areas such as Staines, Oxford and Southampton.

“Uniqlo will also consider the purchase of high-profile, freehold properties.”

The following stage of expansion will be across the rest of the UK, with plans to branch out once the retailer has established a larger presence in the South East.

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