Uniqlo to open first store in Metro Vancouver this fall

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      The wait is over—Metro Vancouver is finally getting a Uniqlo store later this year.

      The Japanese retail giant announced today that it will be occupying a 20,630-square-foot space at Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby this fall.

      This will be the casual apparel company’s third location in Canada, which follows the opening of its debut Canadian stores in Toronto late last year.

      Uniqlo’s first Metro Vancouver store will offer the brand’s full range of products for women, men, children, and babies. This includes its signature collections such as HEATTECH innerwear, cashmere sweaters, ultra-light down vests and jackets, and premium jeans.

      "The launch of Uniqlo in British Columbia represents another major milestone for us, as Canada continues to be an important focus for the company globally. This country's cultural and climatic diversity represents the perfect platform for Uniqlo and our philosophy of LifeWear," said Yasuhiro Hayashi, Chief Operating Officer of UNIQLO Canada, in a press statement.

      For those who are unfamiliar with the mega-loyal fan base that Uniqlo attracts, you can experience it for yourself when you visit the grand opening of its Metrotown location. A little background info: the opening of its first store in Toronto attracted 1,800 people.

      "We are extremely excited to share Uniqlo with the people of Vancouver and surrounding areas and introduce them to how our high quality, comfortable and functional clothing can help improve their everyday lives. With the opportunity for outdoor adventures to world-class amenities, we hope that Vancouverites will embrace UNIQLO's versatile and stylish everyday clothes that cater to their active lifestyle,” said Hayashi.

      Uniqlo opened its first store in Japan in 1984, and has grown to over 1,800 stores around the globe. It has locations in Australia, Belgium, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, the U.K., and the U.S., among others.