UNIQLO Australia has announced plans for its third store in Victoria set to open at Eastland this Spring, as part of the global retailer’s commitment to expanding its Australian operation.
The new store in Melbourne’s east will open its doors in late 2015, with the view of making international fashion more accessible to Melbournians no matter where they reside.
UNIQLO Eastland will be a premium large-scale outlet with a sales floor spanning nearly 1,045 square metres, joining over 350 brands on completion of the centre’s $665 million redevelopment to transform into one of Melbourne’s most desirable urban shopping destinations.
The store will look to create more than 70 jobs for the Ringwood precinct, with positions on offer for both managers and store staff in the surrounding areas.
The Japanese retailer boasts an extensive range of products with affordability, functionality, and quality at their core. Its growth into the suburbs will provide greater convenience for Melbournians and offer customers a full line-up of stylish UNIQLO apparel for men, women, kids and babies.
Commenting on today’s announcement, Shoichi Miyasaka, CEO of UNIQLO Australia said, “We’re excited to be opening our third store in Melbourne. We see Melbourne, and Australia more broadly, as a key market for us in the Asia and Oceania region.
“We’ve received a very positive response from Melbournians since we opened our first store last year, and we’re thrilled to be in a position to continue to grow our presence in this market.
“Eastland’s transformation will see it become the epicentre for retail and community engagement in the east, with its position amongst some of the fastest growing suburbs pivotal for UNIQLO to service the outer Eastern Melbourne population,” said Mr Miyasaka.
Centre Manager of the new Eastland, Steve Edgerton, welcomed the Japanese retailer to the Eastern Melbourne community.
“The addition of international fashion brands such as UNIQLO demonstrates the calibre of retailers Eastland’s development is attracting,” said Mr Edgerton.
“Once completed, Eastland’s $665m transformation will offer more than 350 speciality stores, with a carefully curated selection of international and Australian high street and boutique brands.”
Following the strong response from its stores in Melbourne and Sydney, UNIQLO’s third store in Victoria will strengthen the brand’s growing presence within Australia – its 16th market globally – offering a unique shopping experience and world-class customer service to suburban Melbournians.
Store name: UNIQLO Eastland
Address: Level 2, Shop MM06, Eastland Shopping Centre, 171 – 175 Maroondah Way, Ringwood, Victoria 3134
Sales floor area: 1,045 square metres
Opening date: Spring 2015
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 1.38 trillion yen for the 2014 fiscal year ending August 31, 2014 (US $13.3 billion, calculated in yen using the end of August 2014 rate of $1 = 103.74 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 1,500 stores in 16 markets worldwide including 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.