Japanese global apparel retailer, UNIQLO is set to open a store in Westfield Bondi Junction in Sydney’s east later this month, with another store opening in Westfield Liverpool in Sydney’s south-west in November.
A week out from the Bondi store opening, on Thursday 10 September, the North Bondi Life Saving Club will be lit up in the signature UNIQLO red to celebrate the milestone occasion.
Several team members from the UNIQLO Bondi store will press the button to turn the building red. Mannequins dressed in UNIQLO’s linen range will line the balcony with the famous Bondi Beach in the background alongside other UNIQLO branded elements.
On opening day, the doors of UNIQLO’s store in Westfield Bondi Junction will open after an official ribbon cutting ceremony and Japanese drumming celebration. To round off the opening celebrations, UNIQLO will offer exclusive deals and gift bags alongside packaged UNIQLO branded cookies. As part of UNIQLO’s expansion to Bondi, the new store will feature the biggest LED screen installation ever seen in UNIQLO’s Australian stores.
UNIQLO Australia chief operating officer, Kensuke Suwa believes the new store will provide local shoppers with more variety as they look for high-quality clothing at an affordable price point.
“In Japan, when we think of Australia, we typically associate it with Bondi Beach so it is a big milestone for UNIQLO to be opening a store at such an iconic location. We are excited to make our range of well-designed, everyday clothing more easily accessible to those in Bondi and are looking forward to becoming a positive part of the local community.”
Scentre Group director for leasing and retail solutions, John Papagiannis, said, “Westfield Bondi Junction is one of Sydney’s iconic retail destinations and we are looking forward to welcoming UNIQLO to the centre in just a few short weeks. We have had an overwhelming response from our customers since announcing UNIQLO’s imminent opening at Westfield Bondi Junction and we are thrilled to be able to continue to provide a retail experience that truly reflects the interests and needs of the community.”
The UNIQLO store at Westfield Liverpool, which spans 1,050 square meters will join the centre’s line up of international and Australian brands.
Suwa believes UNIQLO’s success in the market will continue into 2021. “With 2020 undeniably a very challenging year for retailers, I believe being in a position to grow our team and increase our physical footprint in Sydney clearly demonstrates that the Australian consumer has a strong affinity for our products.”
Speaking of the Liverpool store, Papagiannis said, “We are thrilled to be welcoming UNIQLO to Westfield Liverpool this spring, as we continue to curate a bespoke mix of high-quality brands and experiences for our customers. It’s terrific to see UNQLO’s ongoing commitment to growing their store network across Australia.”