Apparel giant Fast Retailing Co. is set to open a new Uniqlo store in Tokyo's Harajuku district on Friday, the first such opening in eight years in the fashion hub, while it navigates the economic fallout and low retail sales caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Harajuku store is really symbolic for us,” Uniqlo CEO Maki Akaida said during a preview of the outlet for the media Wednesday.

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