Maebashi, Japan – Global apparel retailer UNIQLO is set to open a new prototype store in the city of Maebashi in the Gunma prefecture in Japan. Said store will represent the future of UNIQLO stores globally, as it features a combination of environmentally friendly features and expanded lifestyle services for customers.
The new UNIQLO prototype store, conceptualised by Kashiwa Sato, creative director and CEO at SAMURAI Inc. and chief creative director for the project, developed a new roadside store concept that both appeals to customers and embodies the UNIQLO philosophy of contributing to the development of a prosperous society and realisation of a better world.
To achieve these aims, the store has been designed with range of energy-saving features, as well as an expanded suite of lifestyle services. Going forward, the company intends for the store to serve as a prototype for new roadside stores globally.
In addition, the store also brings together a range of the newest UNIQLO lifestyle services, including the UNIQLO FLOWER florist shop, UNIQLO COFFEE cafe, and Japan’s first permanent RE.UNIQLO STUDIO – the company’s repair, reuse, recycle and remake service.
For UNIQLO Group Executive Officer Masahiro Endo, the new Maebashi Minami IC Store, has created a new type of UNIQLO, where customers can both shop for our clothing, as well as gather and connect with each other.
“Reducing our energy consumption was also at the front of mind when developing the store, and the various technical and design features utilised represent meaningful steps towards meeting our 2030 greenhouse gas reduction targets. Going forward, we look forward to using this store as a prototype for our new roadside stores globally,” Endo said.