Uniqlo: Expansion into Canada
In September 2016, Fast Retailing Co. Ltd. entered the Canadian retail industry by opening its first Canadian Uniqlo store in Toronto. The retail industry in Canada had notably rejected foreign brands such as Target and A ropostale, while other Canadian retailers, such as Reitmans Ltd. and Le Ch teau were struggling to keep up with the competitive landscape. Uniqlo, a Japanese fashion retailer, had struggled in the U.S. market due to a lack of brand awareness and an aggressive expansion strategy. Hoping to become a dominant fashion brand in Canada, Uniqlo conducted extensive research prior to entering the Canadian market. How could Uniqlo increase its brand awareness and thrive in the Canadian fashion market? Won-Yong Oh is affiliated with University of Nevada, Las Vegas.