Uniqlo to open second B.C. location at Surrey's Guildford Town Centre

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      Japanese retail chain Uniqlo has confirmed that it will open its second Western Canadian location at Surrey’s Guildford Town Center. The store is expected to be complete by spring 2018.

      Uniqlo, which is known for its versatile and relatively affordable apparel for men, women, and children, made the announcement on its Facebook page earlier today (November 1), dispelling rumours that the company would move into a downtown Vancouver space following the recent launch of its Metropolis at Metrotown store.

      No further information is available about the incoming Surrey location at this time, though shoppers can expect a wide selection of mens- and womenswear—with an emphasis on rain-resistant, outdoorsy pieces—should it be anything like the 20,800-square-foot Burnaby shop.

      Asked about plans for a possible expansion on the West Coast, Uniqlo CEO Tadashi Yanai told the Straight through a translator during a visit to Vancouver in October that the retailer’s goal would be to, first and foremost, become a “noteworthy” name in the region.

      “If we do a good job, I’m sure more and more people will invite Uniqlo to their cities,” he said. It looks like the residents of Surrey—and Guildford owners Ivanhoé Cambridge, the same company that operates Metropolis at Metrotown—have done just that.

      Uniqlo's Surrey outpost will be the Japanese brand's fourth Canadian location. Founded in 1984, the label operates an additional 1,800 stores around the world and has collaborated with designers and celebrity figures such as JW Anderson, Opening Ceremony, and Pharrell Williams.

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