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UNIQLO to Open Flagship Store in Chicago in Fall 2015

NEW YORK, July 29, 2014UNIQLO, the global clothing retailer, announced it will open a flagship store in the Chicago market in the fall of 2015.  UNIQLO’s Chicago store will be located at 830 North Michigan Avenue in the heart of the city’s downtown area and part of The Magnificent Mile. It will be UNIQLO’s second largest store in the U.S. after its Fifth Avenue Global Flagship in New York, and marks the brand’s first entry into the Midwest.

“Chicago is a global city that’s home to some of the finest cultural and sports institutions in the world, and we are thrilled to join the city’s rich landscape,” said Larry Meyer, CEO of UNIQLO USA.  “We look forward to bringing our innovative, high-quality apparel, world class customer service and modern, bright store aesthetic to the people of Chicago.”

To staff the new store and implement its global service standards, UNIQLO will begin recruiting at all levels.  For more information on open positions throughout the U.S., visit http://jobs-uniqlo.com/sa/#.  In addition to creating local jobs, UNIQLO always seeks to partner with local organizations and municipalities to give back to the communities where our customers live and work as part of UNIQLO’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives that rely on local staff.  To learn more, visit http://www.uniqlo.com/en/csr/.

UNIQLO USA currently has 21 stores in the Northeast and San Francisco Bay area.  The brand will continue its US expansion this fall opening more new stores including locations in the Boston, Los Angeles and Philadelphia metro areas.  Online shopping is available nationwide at www.UNIQLO.com.  Customers can share their excitement about this new location via the company’s social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #UniqloChicago.

With more than 1,400 stores in 16 markets worldwide, UNIQLO offers the latest essentials for women, men, kids and babies providing clothing with innovation and real value, engineered to enhance everyday life, all year round.  Since opening its first store in Japan in 1984, UNIQLO has grown to become an international leader in high-quality, casual clothing including premium Jeans (from $39.90), Linen shirts (from $29.90), Supima cotton T-shirts (from $12.90), and exceptional basics such as polos, fleece and the UT T-shirt collection.  The brand’s unique and proprietary products include the AIRism collection (from $12.90) which keeps you cool and dry in warmer temperatures with moisture absorption and heat release; its Ultra-Light Down jackets (from $49.90) which come in three weights – compact, regular and standard – for all weather climates and HEATTECH (from $12.90), which generates and retains heat providing warmth and comfort in cooler conditions. 

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About UNIQLO and Fast Retailing

UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading global Japanese retail holding company that designs, manufactures and sells clothing under seven main brands: Comptoir des Cotonniers, GU, Helmut Lang, J Brand, Princesse tam.tam, Theory, and UNIQLO. With global sales of approximately 1.14 trillion yen for the 2013 fiscal year ending August 31, 2013 (US $11.62 billion, calculated in yen using the end of August 2013 rate of $1 = 98.36 yen), Fast Retailing is one of the world’s largest apparel retail companies, and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer.

UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world's most important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to solidify its status as a truly global brand. Today the company has a total of more than 1,400 stores in 16 markets worldwide: Japan, Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K. and the U.S. In addition, Grameen UNIQLO, a social business established in Bangladesh in September 2010, currently operates several Grameen UNIQLO stores in Dhaka. UNIQLO manages an integrated business model under which it designs, manufactures, markets and sells high-quality, casual apparel. The company believes that truly great clothes should be supremely comfortable, feature universal designs, are of high quality and offer a superb fit to everyone who wears them.

With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and change the world, Fast Retailing is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere. For more information about UNIQLO and Fast Retailing, please visit www.uniqlo.com and www.fastretailing.com.

For further information please contact:

Eileen McMaster | Eileen.McMaster@uniqlo-usa.com | UNIQLO