SAN FRANCISCO (July 27, 2012) – UNIQLO, the Japanese global clothing retailer, hosted a press conference at City Hall today with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to present $25,000 to the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter. The donation marks UNIQLO’s commitment to its new home in San Francisco, and demonstrates the retailer’s support for one of the Bay Area’s most valuable community-based organizations. UNIQLO is set to open its first flagship store on the West Coast this fall with a 29,000 square-foot space at 111 Powell Street in Union Square.
“UNIQLO’s donation to the American Red Cross supports our community’s ability to prevent, prepare for and respond to life-threatening disasters,” said Harold Brooks, CEO, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter. “It is only with support of such civic-minded individuals, organizations, and businesses that the Red Cross can equip our community to recover from disasters. We look forward to welcoming them to San Francisco and working with them for years to come.”
UNIQLO believes strongly in providing career opportunities for all its employees and investing heavily in staff development. UNIQLO is working with the city's workforce system to fuel job growth, and is in the process of hiring more than 500 employees to work in the new store. Already, 50% of the San Francisco store team has been hired with many Supervisors training in the New York stores. As well, UNIQLO's Manager in Training (MIT) Program sends new store manager hires to Japan for six months of training.
“UNIQLO’s opening of its first West Coast store in San Francisco is very exciting," said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. "Not only will this store be a marquis shopping destination in our world class Union Square, it will provide over 500 jobs to boost our local economy. I am also thrilled that UNIQLO has chosen a charity as worthy as the Red Cross to give back to the community and our City.”
UNIQLO USA’s Chief Operating Officer Yasunobu Kyogoku says, “We are eager to introduce our brand to San Francisco and California. Our innovative and affordable clothing mirrors the creative, diverse and innovative spirit of the people in the Bay Area. We are delighted to establish our West Coast operations here in San Francisco."
The store will bring UNIQLO’s high-quality, functional, casual basics to San Francisco shopping enthusiasts. Customers will be able to shop from a large selection of products from men’s and women’s basics, to signature items such as Heattech, Ultra Light Down and colorful cashmere, to exciting designer collaborations such as Orla Kiely and Beautiful People.
In the U.S., UNIQLO is targeting $10 billion in North American sales by the year 2020, and anticipating opening 20-30 new stores annually. UNIQLO San Francisco will be the brand’s fifth U.S. location. Another new store is scheduled to open this year in Paramus, New Jersey, and there are currently three stores in Manhattan: UNIQLO Soho, UNIQLO Fifth Avenue and UNIQLO 34th Street. Worldwide there are more than 1,100 UNIQLO stores in 13 different countries, including the fashion capitals of Tokyo, New York, Paris, London and Shanghai.
“Changing clothes. Changing conventional wisdom. Change the world.” UNIQLO is a subsidiary brand of Fast Retailing Co. (FR), a leading Japanese retail holding company that offers clothing under a number of brands, including Theory, g.u., Comptoir des Cotonniers and Princesse tam.tam. With sales of 820.3 billion yen or 10.7 billion USD in fiscal 2011, FR is the world’s fourth largest apparel retailer and Japan’s leading specialty retailer. UNIQLO operates an integrated business model under which it designs, manufactures, markets and sells high-quality, casual apparel.
About American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
As a community-based, humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter provides relief to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in our community to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. By helping people in the Bay Area learn how to take care of their families and neighbors, the Red Cross strengthens the community and makes it ready for all types of disasters, including home fires, earthquakes, wildfires and health emergencies. Call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722) or visit www.redcross.org/bayarea to learn more. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.