03 October 2012

Japanese clothing retailer UNIQLO to open flagship store in San Francisco

- UNIQLO's first flagship store on the West Coast brings nearly 500 new jobs 

San Francisco - 03 October 2012 (PRNewswire) - UNIQLO, the global clothing retailer, will open its new San Francisco store at 111 Powell Street on Friday, October 5th. At 29,000 square feet, the three-story Union Square store will mark UNIQLO's first flagship store on the West Coast and will bring together the latest technology and design to transform the Bay Area retail experience.

UNIQLO Chairman & Global CEO, Tadashi Yanai, joined by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 5th 

"Friday will be a landmark day for UNIQLO as we open our doors on the West Coast. We look forward to welcoming customers into our San Francisco flagship store and sharing our innovative products and brand philosophy with the Bay Area," said UNIQLO USA Chief Operating Officer Yasunobu Kyogoku. "San Francisco is the center of global innovation and we are delighted to join this vibrant community.

"The opening of UNIQLO in San Francisco adds even more excitement to our world-class Union Square," said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. "The arrival of UNIQLO's new West Coast flagship home to the Bay Area brings nearly 500 new jobs and is helping to boost our local economic recovery.

The global unveiling of UNIQLO's "Magic Mirror" technology will occur at the San Francisco location. Developed by the worlds leading printing company Dai Nippon Printing (DNP), this 'virtual dressing room' allows customers to use the Kinect color-changing engine and half-mirror touch panel technology to instantly switch between different color palettes of iconic UNIQLO clothing. The exceptionally large bright color monitor brings to life the vivid product quality and details to make consumers feel like they are actually wearing the real product, while also matching color variation to best fit the style preferences of San Francisco's diverse demographic technology that is Made for All. 

San Francisco is the company's fifth U.S. retail location. Other U.S. locations include the UNIQLO store in Paramus, New Jersey, UNIQLO Soho, UNIQLO 5th Avenue and UNIQLO 34th Street. 

UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co. (FR), a leading global Japanese retail holding company that designs, manufactures and sells clothing under five brands: Comptoir des Cotonniers, g.u., Princesse tam.tam, Theory, Helmut Lang and UNIQLO. With global sales of 820 billion yen for the 2011 fiscal year ending August 31, 2011, FR is the world's fourth largest apparel retail company and UNIQLO is Japan's leading specialty retailer. Today UNIQLO has more than 1,100 stores in 13 markets worldwide, namely in Japan, the U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Korea. 

Source: UNIQLO