Japanese Uniqlo takes on New York

NEW YORK — Fast Retailing, parent company of apparel shop Uniqlo, is on the fast track. The Japanese retailer has more than 1,013 Uniqlo stores in 11 different countries, and is working to expand its U.S. presence by opening stores in major cities across the nation. Its latest stop: New York City.

On Oct. 14, the company celebrated the opening of its flagship location at Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street. One week later, a second flagship store opened at 34th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. These stores mark the second and third stores in the United States. The first global flagship store opened in 2006 in New York’s SoHo neighborhood.

The new Fifth Avenue store, coming in at 89,000-sq.-ft., is the largest single retailer on Fifth Avenue, and the largest Uniqlo store in the world. Technology is fused with such raw materials as glass, oak and steel to create a chic, modern shopping experience. Both locations feature the latest in technology with a combination of LED and LCD screens throughout the store, handheld inventory checking devices and custom-made spinning mannequins showcasing Uniqlo style.

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