JAPANESE fashion brand Uniqlo is set to open its first Scottish store in Edinburgh today (April 25). 

The new shop will be the nineteenth branch in the UK although shoppers in Scotland are excited to have one north of the Border.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new store.

When is it opening?

Uniqlo will open its new Edinburgh store on Princes Street on Thursday, April 25.

It will open at 9am and the company has said that the first 100 customers through the door will be gifted a special goody bag.

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Meanwhile, app scan customers are automatically being entered into a draw to win a trip to Tokyo.

What can I expect inside?

The Edinburgh branch will span two floors and total 1430 square metres, revitalising the former BHS building which has been shut since 2016.

In terms of what the brand itself offers, its well known for its LifeWear clothing as well as products such as its popular, viral crossbody bag.

Upon opening, shoppers can expect to see the brand’s 2024 spring/summer line as well as its full range of clothing for women, men, babies and children.

It is also set to offer free alterations on bottoms which cost more than £19.90, including jeans, chinos, trousers and more.

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People can also expect to see items from the brand’s Ultra-Light Down and Blocktech ranges, which include raincoats, jackets and coats suitable for the Scottish weather.

Collaboration with artists

As the store prepares to open, it is collaborating with a group of seven Edinburgh locals to showcase the Scottish capital’s style.

Songwriter Nina Nesbitt is among those involved in the partnership alongside freelance music journalist Aisha Fatunmbi-Randall.

Owner of Lannan Bakery Darcie Maher and whisky expert TJ Littlejohn will also join the line-up.

Artist Arran Rahimian is also among those joining the campaign, as is Dr Stacey Hunter – design curator and creative director of Local Heroes – as well as Tom Fraser, the principal of the Chippendale International School of Furniture.

What has Uniqlo said about the new store?

The chief operating officer of Uniqlo UK Alessandro Dudech said: “At Uniqlo, we are deeply committed to supporting and enriching the communities where we operate.

“The opening of our new store in Edinburgh represents an exciting opportunity to forge lasting connections with local residents, businesses and organisations.

“Edinburgh is a city of great cultural and historical heritage, and we are excited to partner with a few of the many people who help to make the city so vibrant.”

He added: “Together, we will show how LifeWear brings people together, transcending differences in everyday lives.

“We invite the people of Edinburgh to join us in celebrating the opening of our new store and to be part of this exciting milestone with us.”