Uniqlo to Open Stores in D.C., Seattle and Denver

by Harry Sheff

Uniqlo Fifth Ave flagship

Uniqlo says it will open three stores in new markets: Denver, Seattle and Washington, D.C. The Tokyo-based basics retailer now has 39 U.S. stores, all clustered in California and the Northeast.

“Having established a foothold in a number of key locations along the East and West Coasts, we are very pleased to announce our plans to continue to expand our national presence further in these new markets,” said Uniqlo USA chief Larry Meyer.

The Washington, D.C.-area store, at Tysons Corner Center in Fairfax County, Va., will be 10,000 sq. ft. The Seattle-area store, 13,000 sq. ft., will be at The Bellevue Collection in Bellevue, Wash. And finally, the Denver store, 22,000 sq. ft., will be downtown at The Denver Pavilions. The Seattle store will open in the fall and the Denver and D.C. stores will open in early to mid-2016.

These new stores are in addition to previously announced stores opening in Boston’s Faneuil Hall this summer and Chicago’s Michigan Avenue this fall.

Meyer said in January that he will enter the Canadian market with two Toronto stores in fall 2016 followed by a Vancouver store.

Uniqlo is owned by Fast Retailing, which also owns Helmut Lang, Theory and J Brand. It began its current U.S. expansion in 2006 with a store in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood.