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Monday, January 26, 2015

Uniqlo Opens Two Shops In Toronto

Uniqlo, a Japanese clothing retailer, is opening two stores in Toronto—in 2016, at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre and the Toronto Eaton Centre.

I can now purchase cool Japanese clothing with stupid Japlish statements and ridiculously cute Hello Kitty motifs. At least that's my hope.

For most people on the planet, having a Uniqlo store in your country is no big deal, but this is Canada, the country with such an inferiority complex that we apologize for our apologies.

Uniqlo already has around 1,500 stores in Japan, Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the U.K. and the U.S.

Apparently, Uniqlo sells comfortable, affordable and stylish casual apparel, free of logos (Awwww - no Hello Kitty!), for men, women and children, in natural and synthetic fabrics engineered to perform well in different climates and weather conditions.

Uniqlo sells everything from socks to sweat pants to extra-fine merino wool and cashmere sweaters to trousers for the office and slim, ultralight, weather-repellent down jackets and coats.

It seems to have an affordable price range, so even people like me might be able to afford their product, with clothes priced between $6 - $130.

Uniqlo is a brand of Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., a global Japanese retail holding company that designs, manufactures and sells clothing under seven main brands.

And, lest one think this is a small-time outfit, global sales for Fast Retailing for fiscal 2014 were US $13.3 billion ... or ¥1,575,335,479,010.42. That's nearly ¥1.6-trillion. That's a lotta yen!

Andrew Joseph

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