Uniqlo to pull out of joint Shinjuku store in June

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Many customers visit Bicqlo on its opening day in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, in September 2012.

Uniqlo will end its association with the Bicqlo store it operates with fellow retail giant BicCamera in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, on June 19, Uniqlo operator Fast Retailing Co. has said.

Fast Retailing has decided to withdraw from the store at Shinjuku Station’s East Exit in anticipation of a change in customer traffic following the redevelopment of the station area.

Bicqlo opened in September 2012, aiming to benefit from offering both home electronics and apparel. There is a joint exhibition space on the first floor, and Uniqlo sells its wares on the second and third floors, attracting a large number of foreign tourists before the pandemic.

BicCamera will continue to sell its goods on the basement and upper floors, as will the GU apparel maker on the seventh floor. The name Bicqlo will no longer be used after Uniqlo’s withdrawal.

The new tenant for Uniqlo’s floors has yet to be decided, according to BicCamera.