Japan’s Uniqlo stores coming to Toronto – and Vancouver's next, CEO confirms

Japanese discount clothing store Uniqlo says it’s setting its sights on Vancouver next after announcing Monday (January 26) it would be opening two stores in Toronto by the year’s end.

The unisex clothing chain’s first foray into Canada includes a 24,000-square-foot store in Yorkdale Shopping Centre and another 28,000-square-foot flagship store at Toronto Eaton Centre.

"Entering the Canadian market is a milestone for the company and a significant step in our growth strategy," said Larry Meyer, CEO of Uniqlo U.S.A. and Canada.

"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."

It’s not known where the Vancouver store will set up.

Target Canada announced earlier in January that it would be exiting Canada this year, leaving hundreds of thousands of square feet in retail space behind. Its presence in Metro Vancouver is confined to the suburbs, not the city proper.

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