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UNIQLO’S MALL MOVEMENT: Uniqlo entered the U.S. market in 2005 with three mall stores that subsequently closed. The locations — Menlo Park Mall, Jersey Gardens and Rockaway Mall, all in New Jersey — were poorly chosen, according to experts. After that, the company focused its efforts on high-profile city streets for several years, opening a 36,000-square-foot store on West Broadway in SoHo, an 89,000-square-foot flagship on Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street and a 64,000-square-foot unit on West 34th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
After successfully launching a 43,000-square-foot store at Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J., in September, the Japanese fast-fashion giant is embracing shopping centers again.
On Tuesday, Uniqlo announced that it will open stores at Palisades Center in West Nyack, N.Y., and Ridge Hill in Yonkers, N.Y., in the spring. Both units will have 24,000 square feet of space.
“We’re continuing our commitment to roll out locations at shopping malls across the U.S.,” said Shin Odake, chief executive officer of Uniqlo USA. “With a dedicated fan base in the New York Tristate area, both Palisades Center and Ridge Hill are the natural next step in our expansion plans.”
At the launch of Westfield Garden State Plaza, Odake said Uniqlo’s goal is to open 200 stores in shopping malls in the U.S. That number will help Uniqlo achieve $10 billion in U.S. sales, Odake said.