Uniqlo to open new Surrey store on March 9, with Richmond location to come this spring

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      Japanese casual-apparel retailer Uniqlo has announced that it will open its second Western Canadian store in Surrey on March 9—with another to come in Richmond this spring.

      Located on the second level of Guildford Town Centre, the 12,800-square-foot store will sell men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing and accessories from the Tokyo-based company’s in-house brand. The shop, which was announced in November, launches on March 9 at 10 a.m. A location at Richmond Centre, totaling 8,010 square feet, is expected to open as soon as April.

      “The launch of two additional Uniqlo stores in British Columbia is very exciting for us,” said Yasuhiro Hayashi, chief operating officer of Uniqlo Canada, in a press statement. “We opened our first store in the Greater Vancouver Area last fall and we received great demand from customers for more stores.”

      Founded in 1984, Uniqlo is known for its versatile, relatively affordable stock, which includes denim, ultra-light down coats, and an innovative heat-retaining HEATTECH line, and collaborations with various high-profile brands and designers, such as Peanuts, KAWS, and J.W. Anderson.

      The company operates 1,800 shops internationally, including one at Burnaby’s Metropolis at Metrotown, which opened to much fanfare in October. The Surrey and Richmond outposts will be Uniqlo’s fourth and fifth Canadian locations, respectively, making B.C. the province with the largest number of the Japanese retailer’s stores.