Popular Japanese retailer UNIQLO has announced that it will open a second Vancouver-Area location at Guildford Town Centre in Surrey in the spring of 2018. UNIQLO opened its first store in British Columbia in early October at Metropolis at Metrotown, in Burnaby.
Guildford Town Centre and Metropolis at Metrotown are both owned and operated by Ivanhoé Cambridge.
The Guildford Town Centre UNIQLO will span 18,000 square feet on the mall's second level. The corner retail space is partly contained within an expansion corridor, with the store being next to the GAP on one side and across from Old Navy on the other.
The Metrotown UNIQLO opened to massive crowds, and occupies two levels and 20,630 square feet in the mall.
Jeff Berkowitz of Aurora Realty Consultants represents UNIQLO as broker in Canada.
Uniqlo entered the Canadian market with two stores in Toronto in the fall of 2016. In September of 2016, UNIQLO opened its first Canadian flagship, spanning 33,400 square feet, at CF Toronto Eaton Centre. A 30,000+ square foot Yorkdale Shopping Centre UNIQLO store subsequently opened in October of 2016, in the mall’s new Nordstrom-anchored expansion wing.
In September of 2016, UNIQLO Founder and CEO Tadashi Yanai told Marina Strauss of the Globe & Mail that UNIQLO could eventually operate as many as 100 stores in Canada.
UNIQLO now operates approximately 1,900 stores in 19 countries worldwide, including Japan, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K. and the United States.