Hundreds queue for opening of Japanese fashion store in Perth CBD
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Hundreds queue for opening of Japanese fashion store in Perth CBD

The opening of a Japanese fashion store has drawn crowds of fashion-lovers into the Perth CBD on Thursday, with hundreds queuing to be among the first to set foot in the new store.

Japanese retailer UNIQLO opened the doors of its first WA store in the Plaza Arcade at 10am, eight months after they first announced their plans to expand their chain into Perth.

Shoppers outside the store on Thursday.

Shoppers outside the store on Thursday.Credit:Kate Hedley

The two-level store will sell UNIQLO's LifeWear apparel range, and will create 130 jobs.

UNIQLO Australia chief operating officer Kenji Tsuji said there were now 15 stores across the country.

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“We’ve been growing our Australian operations steadily since opening in Melbourne in 2014," he said.

Lines stretched about 250m around the Murray Street Mall towards Williams Street from as early as 8am, with the first 1000 shoppers promised a $100 gift bag.

Japanese drummers entertained the crowd.

Japanese drummers entertained the crowd.Credit:Kate Hedley

Starhill Global REIT is the owner of Plaza Arcade location, and spokesperson Jonathan Kuah said the store was a welcome addition.

“We are excited that UNIQLO has chosen to call Perth home, providing more international flavor and adding more vibrancy to a diverse retail market," he said.