Uniqlo to open new Edinburgh store this month - here's everything you need to know

Uniqlo will open their new Edinburgh Princes Street store on Thursday, April 25 with the first 100 customers to receive a special goody bag.
Uniqlo will open a new branch on Princes Street in April. Image: Uniqlo Uniqlo will open a new branch on Princes Street in April. Image: Uniqlo
Uniqlo will open a new branch on Princes Street in April. Image: Uniqlo

Japanese fashion brand Uniqlo have confirmed the opening date for their first ever Scottish store in Edinburgh.

The highly anticipated store will open in the former BHS on Princes Street in the city centre on Thursday, April 25.

The new Uniqlo store on Princes Street will open in April. The new Uniqlo store on Princes Street will open in April.
The new Uniqlo store on Princes Street will open in April.
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The retailer is known for products such as its viral bags as well as its simple, quality clothing, with the new store becoming the nineteenth Uniqlo branch in the UK. 

To mark the launch, the first 100 visitors through the door will receive a goody bag, with the opportunity for app scan customers to win a trip to Tokyo and more offers still to be announced.

In addition, Uniqlo is collaborating with Edinburgh natives including singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt, music journalist Aisha Fatunmbi-Randall, and Lannan Bakery owner Darcie Maher to showcase the city’s unique culture.

Alessandro Dudech, chief operating officer of Uniqlo UK, 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.

“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.”

Here is the Uniqlo Edinburgh opening date

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

Embracing Edinburgh culture

As Uniqlo prepares to open, the brand is collaborating with a group of seven Edinburgh locals who embody Uniqlo’s LifeWear ethos to showcase the capital’s unique and diverse style.

Balerno-raised singer songwriter, Nina Nesbitt is among those involved in the partnership alongside Aisha Fatunmbi-Randall, a freelance music journalist who has been at the forefront of the restoration of Leith Theatre as a marketing and digital coordinator.

Nina Nesbitt is among Edinburgh locals collaborating with Uniqlo ahead of the Princes Street store opening. Nina Nesbitt is among Edinburgh locals collaborating with Uniqlo ahead of the Princes Street store opening.
Nina Nesbitt is among Edinburgh locals collaborating with Uniqlo ahead of the Princes Street store opening.
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Darcie Maher, head baker and owner of Lannan Bakery, and TJ Littlejohn, the capital’s leading whisky expert, join the lineup from Edinburgh’s food and drink scene. Artist Arran Rahimian is also among those joining the campaign, which will be rounded out with Dr Stacey Hunter, design curator and creative director of Local Heroes, and Tom Fraser, the principal of the Chippendale International School of Furniture.

What can you expect from Uniqlo Edinburgh? 

Uniqlo’s Edinburgh branch will span two floors and 1,430 sq metres, revitalising the former BHS on Princes Street which has been shut since 2016. From the first floor, customers will have an excellent view of Edinburgh Castle with a wide range of clothing on offer.

In terms of what the brand itself has to offer, it is best recognised for its LifeWear clothing as well as products such as its ultra popular, viral crossbody bag

Some of what will be on offer in Uniqlo's Edinburgh store was on show during the brand's Spring/Summer preview.Some of what will be on offer in Uniqlo's Edinburgh store was on show during the brand's Spring/Summer preview.
Some of what will be on offer in Uniqlo's Edinburgh store was on show during the brand's Spring/Summer preview.

The brand’s LifeWear clothing is known for its high quality and simple qualities, with items designed to be a functional base for all styles, tastes and settings. Many of the items sold by Uniqlo are also unisex. 

When Uniqlo Edinburgh opens, 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 alongside core offerings. 

This will include items with the brands thermal Heattech technology, which is designed to keep wearers warm, alongside its AIRism conditioning technology which features lightweight, quick-drying layers which can adapt to any weather conditions. 

There will be an alterations section in Uniqlo's new Edinburgh store. There will be an alterations section in Uniqlo's new Edinburgh store.
There will be an alterations section in Uniqlo's new Edinburgh store.

In addition, for Uniqlo on Princes Street customers can expect items from both the brand’s Ultra Light Down and Blocktech ranges, which include raincoats, jackets and coats for Scotland’s ever-changing weather conditions

And while simple versatile clothing is at the heart of Uniqlo, brand collaborations with designers such as JW Anderson will also be on offer alongside a selection of products from other collaborations. 

First Scottish store will offer free alteration services 

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As with Uniqlo’s other UK stores, its Edinburgh branch will also include free alterations on bottoms which cost more than £19.90, which includes jeans, chinos, trousers and more. 

Inside Uniqlo's Covent Garden store. Inside Uniqlo's Covent Garden store.
Inside Uniqlo's Covent Garden store.

In addition, Scottish shoppers can also make use of the store’s in-store repair service to help keep clothes in your wardrobe for longer. It’s as part of the retailer’s Re.Uniqlo Studio with information on other services including embroidery still to be confirmed. 

What will it look like inside? 

Though there have been no sneak previews as to what the Edinburgh branch will look like inside, it’s likely it will be similar in appearance to the brand’s Covent Garden store.

Will there be special offers for the opening of Uniqlo Edinburgh?

To mark the opening of Uniqlo Edinburgh, the retailer will offer the first 100 customers through the door a special goody bag, with app scan customers automatically being entered in a draw to win a trip to Tokyo.

More offers are still to come, but the brand is also inviting fans to share their excitement on social media using the #UniqloEdinburgh when they spot Uniqlo popping up around the city which will include branded Edinburgh Trams in the run up to the opening.

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