DAVAO CITY — Japanese global apparel retailer Uniqlo has expanded one of its two branches in Davao, making this its largest shop in Mindanao.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to showcase a wider range of Uniqlo Life wear clothing… So we are doubling the shopping space,” Uniqlo Philippine Marketing Head Camille Rose Pacis said in an interview during the media launch Wednesday.

Located at the ground level of SM Lanang Premier, the new store that is opening on Friday (July 19) will have a 1,414-square meter (sq.m.) area from the previous 767 sq.m.

“Since we opened here two years ago in May 2017, we really see the potential and we appreciate it because we are seeing a lot of Davaoeños who are wearing Uniqlo Life wear,” she said.

Uniqlo has four branches in Mindanao, two in Davao and one each in the cities of General Santos and Cagayan de Oro.

Ms. Pacis said they are looking to open more stores in Mindanao as well as in other parts of the Philippines, where they currently have a network of 57 since launching Uniqlo in the country in 2012.

“We don’t have information in terms of the areas yet but we will announce once we are ready. We really see the economic potential and growth of Mindanao,” she said. — Maya M. Padillo