Japanese retailer, Uniqlo, will open its third Victorian store in late 2015 in the redeveloped Eastland centre, in Melbourne’s east.
Uniqlo Eastland will be a premium large scale outlet with a sales floor spanning nearly 1045sqm, joining more than 350 brands on completion of the centre’s $665 million redevelopment.
The store will look to create more than 70 jobs for the Ringwood precinct, with positions on offer for both managers and store staff in the surrounding areas.
“We’re excited to be opening our third store in Melbourne. We see Melbourne, and Australia more broadly, as a key market for us in the Asia and Oceania region,” said Shoichi Miyasaka, CEO of Uniqlo Australia.
“We’ve received a very positive response from Melbournians since we opened our first store last year, and we’re thrilled to be in a position to continue to grow our presence in this market.
“Eastland’s transformation will see it become the epicentre for retail and community engagement in the east, with its position amongst some of the fastest growing suburbs pivotal for Uniqlo to service the outer Eastern Melbourne population,” said Miyasaka.
Centre manager of the new Eastland, Steve Edgerton, welcomed the Japanese retailer to the Eastern Melbourne community.
“The addition of international fashion brands such as Uniqlo demonstrates the calibre of retailers Eastland’s development is attracting,” said Edgerton.
“Once completed, Eastland’s $665m transformation will offer more than 350 speciality stores, with a carefully curated selection of international and Australian high street and boutique brands.”
There are six Uniqlo stores in Australia, four in Sydney and two in Melbourne.