OSAKA – Uniqlo opened another flagship store in Osaka on Friday outside of Hankyu Umeda Station, employing a multilingual staff to draw foreign tourists to the casual clothing chain.
Ten percent of the store’s roughly 360 employees can speak English, Chinese or Korean, operator Fast Retailing Co. said.
“Quality, price, service and a sense of humor — we will strive to achieve these to best serve our customers in Osaka and those from abroad,” Fast Retailing executive Satoshi Hatase said during a ceremony to mark the occasion.
The 3,000-sq.-meter store, which occupies the first four floors of a renovated building, opened 15 minutes earlier than scheduled on Friday morning to accommodate the 2,300 customers or so who had lined up outside.
“I’ve been waiting in line since 11:30 p.m. last night,” said college student Hayato Shin.
It’s the third Uniqlo flagship store to open in Japan. The other two are in Tokyo’s Ginza and Osaka’s Shinsaibashi neighborhoods.