A Yamaguchi-based company, Ogori Shōji (which, until then, had been operating men’s clothing shops called “Men’s Shop OS”) was founded in March 1949 in Ube, Yamaguchi.
In September 2005, Uniqlo opened its first United States store in the Menlo Park Mall located in Edison, New Jersey. In November 2006, Uniqlo opened its first global flagship store in the SoHo fashion district of Manhattan, New York City. New fashion designers joined the store’s team to boost and rebirth fashion concepts catering to the US market.
As part of Fast Retailing’s 2020 plan, the company has stated that it plans to generate $10 billion in annual sales in the United States from 200 stores, which will lead to a location in every major U.S. city. This goal was stated when the company’s only U.S. presence was its handful of stores in the New York City area, soon after the company began an expansion in the United States.
In October 2015, Uniqlo opened its first store in the Midwest with a Chicago store on Michigan Avenue.
In October 2019, Uniqlo signed a lease for its first North American distribution center in Phillipsburg, NJ, leasing a space of over 950,000 sq ft. As of August 2021, there were 43 stores in USA.