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Retail Store UNIQLO opens its doors in Philadelphia

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Friday October 3rd, the long awaited UNIQLO store, a Japanese clothing retailer known for it’s high quality casual clothing and collaborations, opened its doors for the first time in Center City.

The flagship sized store located on 1600 block of Chestnut Street Grand Opened friday morning with a ribbon cutting from Mayor Nutter and many other city officials. Traditional Japanese Taiko Drummers played as guests watched with delight. People lined up early in the morning Friday — and all weekend, waiting for the store to open. As doors officially opened, employees welcomed each guest with joyful cheering. The grand opening promotions and giveaways attracted people from all over the Philadelphia area.

On Saturday, UNIQLO had its grand opening festival titled “UNIQLO Philly Love Fest” [PHOTOS] at The Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse. There were carnival games, prizes, face painting, food trucks, and a DJ set by Phillys own ?uestlove which got the crowd moving and shaking. During the whole event, there were UNIQLO shuttle busses taking guests to the store. UNIQLO had their Ultra light down jackets and Parkas on sale along with a free HeatTech giveaway. HeatTech uses japanese technology to trap the heat you produce when you move and uses that heat to keep you insulated. After the winter we had last year, these are sure to be a popular item.

The collaboration collections were also popular this weekend. The i am OTHER collection by Pharrell Williams and the SPRZ NY collection by MOMA which featured art by Keith Haring and Andy Warhol seemed to attract a lot of interest from shoppers. The Ines collection by french supermodel and designer Inès de La Fressange was a favorite for fashionable business women and older women alike who grew up with Ines.

UNIQLO looks like it has found a home in Philadelphia and is here to stay.


Words // Xavier Green // Editor Aran Hart