It looks like some of our shopping-for-basics dreams are about to come true: UNIQLO is coming to Canada! The Japanese retailer announced its plans to open its first stores north of the 49th in 2016.
Both stores will be located in Toronto, with one outlet at Yorkdale Shopping Centre and another at the historic Eaton Centre. Each shop will offer the brand’s full range of men’s, women’s and children’s closet staples.
This is great news for style watchers who travel cross-border to nab the company’s super-soft and durable wares, including their ultra-light down jackets, well-cut (and well-priced!) skinny jeans and Supima cotton T-shirts.
It’s also great news for celebrities who love the line and want to do some staple shopping while they’re visiting the Big Smoke. Famous faces who adore the company’s collections include tennis star Novak Djokovic, Robert Pattinson, Katie Holmes (and her mini-me, six-year-old Suri Cruise!) Orlando Bloom and Pharrell. The latter two have even modelled in ad campaigns for the clothing company, as has Charlize Theron.
“Entering the Canadian market is a milestone for the company and a significant step in our growth strategy,” said Larry Meyer, CEO of UNIQLO USA and Canada, in a press release. “Our first two stores in the great City of Toronto will mark the launch of the UNIQLO brand in Canada, which we aim to build upon thereafter with a presence in the lovely city of Vancouver.”
UNIQLO first opened its doors in Japan in 1984, and since then it’s grown to become one of the world’s largest retailers of affordable yet basic clothing items. Today, it operates more than 1,500 stores in 16 markets.