As it opened its seventh and largest store in the Philippines on Tuesday, leading global Japanese fashion brand Uniqlo made a generous donation to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda’s catastrophe in the amount of P5.4 million (the combined total of 10,000 Japanese Yen and P1 million), as well as P1 million worth of clothes.
The announcement was made by Uniqlo Philippines Chief Operating Officer Katsumi Kubota at the new store’s inaugural ceremonies at the SM Mega Mall, which had long been anticipated by fans of the “Life Wear” label in the area.
Since officially opening in the Philippines in 2012, Uniqlo has enjoyed tremendous support from local fashion consumers beginning with its very first store at SM Makati, as well as its ensuing branches at SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City; SM North EDSA, The Block and SM Fairview in Quezon City; Glorietta 5 at the Makati Central Business District; SM Aura in Taguig; and SM Pampanga outside Metro Manila.
Based on the brand’s overwhelming success in the country in just a little over a year, Kubota delivered more good news during his speech by announcing that Uniqlo will further invest in the Philippines and open nine new stores by the Summer of 2014.
“Following this, by August 2014, we will open more new stores in SM South Mall, Eastwood City, Gateway Mall, and SM Santa Rosa,” he added. “Given these expansions, the company is also set to hire hundreds of store associates in your country.”
Though saddened by the ongoing tragedy in the Visayas, Kubota lifted spirits that evening with his very positive messages, and renewed the excitement among guests in being the first to experience Uniqlo’s newest and biggest store at the SM Megamall.
Occupying three floors, from the second to the fourth levels of SM Megamall B’s New Wing, Uniqlo’s total floor area spans an impressive 2,480 square meters. As a result—and without a doubt—the branch’s sizeable space carries the most extensive product line among Uniqlo’s existing stores in the country today.
For ease of shopping, the Uniqlo Megamall has been organized to carry the women’s section on the first and second store levels, with the children’s section combined with the latter; while the third floor is devoted to men’s apparel. And as always, every piece on every display and every rack adheres to the company’s philosophy: “Truly great clothes should be supremely comfortable, feature universal designs, are of high quality and offer a superb fit to everyone who wears them.”
As the inauguration came to a close, the evening’s host again expressed his company’s deepest sympathies to the Filipino people, while fittingly ending on a more positive and heartfelt promise for the future: “We are confident that Uniqlo is set for continued rapid growth in the Philippines, and our expansion is rooted in our sincere desire to bring the joy of wearing truly great clothes to Filipinos.”
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. Today the company has more than 1,300 stores in 14 markets worldwide.
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