by Stephen Garner
Uniqlo’s F Street pop-up shop

Japanese fast fashion retailer Uniqlo will open its newest location in the U.S. on Tuesday, October 10 at the historic Union Station in Washington D.C.

The 3,400 square-foot store will focus on bringing Uniqlo’s LifeWear clothing to commuters and travelers alike with a product offering that emphasizes the brand’s light, packable essentials. Union Station will be Uniqlo’s 46th store in the U.S. and second in the D.C. metro area, nearly a year after its opening at Tyson’s Corner in McLean, Virginia last fall. The new store also follows the opening of a pop-up shop on F Street in the nation’s capital, which opened on September 28.

The new store at Union Station will be located on the main level, adjacent to Amtrak ticketing, and will open at 7:00am during the week to serve morning commuters. The store will carry collections for men and women with a special focus on grab-and-go items that meet the needs of customers, who are often quickly passing through the highly trafficked corridor. Uniqlo’s iconic products, such as ultra-light down and HeatTech will be highlighted, along with packaged T-shirts and socks that serve as accessible travel essentials.  The store will also carry extra fine merino sweaters, fleece, and jeans made from authentic Japanese Kaihara denim.

Leading up to the grand opening, Uniqlo will introduce its core products and unique fabric technologies through a display that will be located in the station’s main hall from October 4-6.  In addition, the store will celebrate its grand opening beginning October 10 with special offers and events.

“We are thrilled to be opening a store in Union Station, deepening our roots in the Washington D.C. market and meeting the needs of customers when and where we can serve them best,” said Hiroshi Taki, CEO of Uniqlo USA. “Union Station is a central hub in Washington D.C. for business leaders, tourists and locals, welcoming thousands of visitors every day.  We look forward to introducing our high-quality, functional apparel to our on-the-go customers.”

Since opening its first store in Hiroshima, Japan in 1984, Uniqlo has grown to have more than 1,900 stores in 19 markets worldwide.