Japanese apparel brand UNIQLO has a cult following and is known for its values of simplicity, quality and longevity with a drive to constantly innovate and refine its product offering.
On opening day at Karrinyup Shopping Centre, eager customers queued as an official ribbon-cutting ceremony and traditional Japanese drumming band celebration took place to mark the occasion.
Australian artist Anya Brock also brought some joy to shoppers waiting in line by painting live opposite the store. The vibrant, 25-metre mural features several fauna and florals native to the area.
The 942 square metre UNIQLO store opened as part of the major $800 million development of Karrinyup Shopping Centre which is set for completion by the end of 2021.
“We are delighted to celebrate UNIQLO’s opening at Karrinyup Shopping Centre, a brand that we know our customers love. The addition of large-format international retailers such as UNIQLO to our centre will not only add to the vibrancy of the space but will also position Karrinyup as one of Perth’s leading fashion and lifestyle destinations,” said Scott Nugent, AMP Capital’s Divisional Development Manager – WA.
According to UNIQLO, the new store will add approximately 50 new local jobs to the Western Australian economy.
“We are committed to the Australian market having opened our doors here in 2014 and steadily growing our bricks and mortar presence to 23 stores nationally, with UNIQLO Karrinyup being our newest store,” said Kensuke Suwa, UNIQLO’s Chief Operating Officer.
Customers were treated to tunes by DJ F.A.D.J. and exclusive opening day gifts, with celebrations continuing over four days.
Queuing systems, physical distancing decals and closely monitoring the number of customers in-store were just some of the health and safety measures implemented for the opening.
UNIQLO is the second large-format international retailer to join Karrinyup’s growing retail offering, with H&M opening its doors last year.
Once complete, the new Karrinyup will be one of Perth’s leading fashion and lifestyle destinations.
Word: Sarah Langley
Imagery: Rebecca Mansell
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