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Is Uniqlo Already Planning Its Canadian Retail Invasion?

Uniqlo may already be shopping for a spot inside entertainment-themed West Edmonton Mall, among others. Image via Getty.
Uniqlo may already be shopping for a spot inside entertainment-themed West Edmonton Mall, among others. Image via Getty.

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Word is on the street that Uniqlo is plotting a major retail expansion into Canada. According to Retail Insider, sources have confirmed that the Japanese retailer is looking at purchasing retail space in some of Canada's largest shopping malls, including a 35,000-square-foo- space in Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Center and a location on Vancouver's Robson Street.

And that's just the beginning. If Uniqlo follows the same retail model in Canada that it established here in the States, once it has solidified a brand presence in Toronto and Vancouver it will likely keep expanding into smaller but still prominent retail locations in cities including Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, and Winnipeg. Just as the midwest was the final frontier in Uniqlo's American expansion strategy, the smaller Canadian cities in between will be the last to see a Uniqlo in their towns.

Amidst all the Canadian expansion speculation, Retail Insider also noted that their sources confirmed that Uniqlo has its eye on a new Chicago location as soon as they have sufficiently conquered the East and West coasts.
· Uniqlo's Canadian Store Locations: Discussion [Retail Insider]
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· How Uniqlo Plans to Become America's Top Retailer [Racked]