The wait is (almost) over for all of us impatiently waiting for HEATTECH gear, $20 denim, those oh-so-comfy underwireless (yet shapely) bras, and Ultra Light Down. Japan’s UNIQLO will be opening its first Vancouver store at Metropolis at Metrotown this fall 2017.
This will be the third store in Canada, after two in Toronto, as well as the third largest at 20,630 square feet. The first two being CF Toronto Eaton Centre (33,400 sq ft) and Yorkdale Shopping Centre (30,000+ sq ft) according to Retail Insider. The company opened its first store in 1984 and now has over 1800 locations worldwide, including its impressive 12-floor Global Flagship in Tokyo’s ritzy Ginza district.
“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,” says Yasuhiro Hayashi, Chief Operating Officer of UNIQLO Canada.
We wonder whether there will be limited edition Vancouver collaborations as there was for the Toronto launch. As well, whether there would be the modest collection that launched in Toronto this past February, featuring hajibs and long dresses.
We checked in with the PR team to see where exactly the new store will be, but from the mockup, it looks like it could be the former Aritzia space and Home Outfitters. I could be completely wrong, it’s been a while since I’ve been to Metro, but I’ll update once we have the official word.