Uniqlo opens huge Shanghai store

JIJI

Fast Retailing Co. opened its largest Uniqlo outlet in the world Monday in central Shanghai.

The building also houses outlets for four other Fast Retailing brands, including GU, and demonstrates the group’s growing presence in Shanghai, home to many global casual fashion brands. The GU store is the first outside Japan.

The Uniqlo outlet has 6,600 sq. meters of sales space, far surpassing the 5,000 sq. meters in the Ginza store in Tokyo, which was the chain’s biggest before the Shanghai store came along.

The combined floor space for the Uniqlo and four other outlets stands at about 8,000 sq. meters.

About 2,000 people lined up in front of the building before it opened at 10 a.m. A 27-year-old woman said she continued buying Uniqlo products after relations between China and Japan soured over the Senkaku Islands sovereignty dispute.

The new outlet is the 46th Uniqlo store in Shanghai. As of the end to August, Fast Retailing had 225 Uniqlos in mainland China.

The company plans to open 80 to 100 Uniqlo stores a year in China to bring the total to 1,000 by 2020.