Uniqlo is “actively seeking opportunities” for growth, both in India and other locations around the world, as it continues to expand its global footprint, Retail Week can reveal.
The fashion giant confirmed plans to open its first store in Mumbai in July this year, followed by an announcement earlier this month that a second store in the city is pending in an “ongoing commitment” to expansion in India.
Uniqlo currently has 10 bricks-and-mortar stores in India but, since its launch in the country in 2019, its focus has remained in and around New Delhi.
Alongside the Mumbai openings this autumn, a spokesperson for Uniqlo confirmed that it remains committed to continuing its growth plan in areas where there is “strong demand” for its products.
Uniqlo told Retail Week that it is particularly focused on opportunities in other metropolitan cities in India.
In terms of wider expansion globally, Uniqlo said it is always looking to bring its LifeWear brand to more people. However, it could not comment specifically on upcoming additional locations.
Alongside the two new openings in Mumbai, Uniqlo is set to open its first store in Luxembourg as well as undertake a “significant renovation” of its Parisian flagship later this year.
The spokesperson said: “In India, we remain committed to expanding our store network across the country, growing our production base and providing opportunities to help talent grow.
“Going forward, we will continue to actively seek opportunities for growth in areas of India where there is customer demand for our LifeWear.
“In terms of how this fits into our broader international expansion strategy, moving into Mumbai represents a significant step as we will be bringing our physical stores to one of the world’s largest population centres.
“We can’t comment on any other upcoming global locations for now, other than to say that, as with India, we are always actively looking for opportunities to grow and bring our LifeWear to more people.”