UNIQLO Canada has confirmed their first store in the Vancouver-area will open this fall at Metrotown in Burnaby.
The store, measuring 20,630 square feet, will offer the brand’s full range of core items of men, women, kids and babies. From the retailer’s rendering, the two-floor store looks to be located in the former Home Outfitters space.
“The launch of UNIQLO in British Columbia represents another major milestone for us, as Canada continues to be an important focus for the company globally. This country’s cultural and climatic diversity represents the perfect platform for UNIQLO and our philosophy of LifeWear,” said Yasuhiro Hayashi, chief operating officer of UNIQLO Canada.
“We are extremely excited to share UNIQLO with the people of Vancouver and surrounding areas and introduce them to how our high quality, comfortable and functional clothing can help improve their everyday lives. With the opportunity for outdoor adventures to world-class amenities, we hope that Vancouverites will embrace UNIQLO’s versatile and stylish everyday clothes that cater to their active lifestyle.”
The Metrotown store will be UNIQLO’s third store in Canada, and comes one year after their Canadian debut in Toronto. Since its beginnings in Japan in 1984, UNIQLO has grown to over 1,800 stores worldwide.
It has been rumoured that UNIQLO is also looking for a downtown Vancouver location, and that the retailer may move into a new retail space proposed to replace the rotunda at Pacific Centre.
UNIQLO founder Tadashi Yanai sat down with the Globe and Mail in 2016 after the opening of their first Toronto store, and said he believed that Canada could eventually support up to 100 stores.
“We tend to do a better job on the West Coast (with our U.S. stores). The West Coast is closer geographically to Asia,” said Yanai.
Until the Metropolis at Metrotown location opens this fall, the closest UNIQLO to Vancouver is at Bellevue Square in Washington state, 220 kilometres away.