Fast Retailing Deepens its Commitment to Bangladesh - First Gram

Fast Retailing Deepens its Commitment to Bangladesh - First Grameen UNIQLO
Stores to Open in Dhaka, Towards Nationwide Network 
Tokyo, June 17, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) -  Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. today
announces the July 5, 2013 opening of two Grameen UNIQLO stores in Bangladesh,
in another step towards the vision of a nationwide chain of Grameen UNIQLO
locations across the country. The initiative is an aspect of Fast
Retailing's long-term commitment to address poverty, hygiene, the
environment, and educational and gender inequality in the rapidly developing
The new Grameen UNIQLO stores are located in Dhaka, at 234/2 New Elephant Road
and 41/8 Block C Banasree, and feature UNIQLO's signature "beauty in
hyperpracticality" - tailored to the specific needs of Bangladesh. The
stores offer a range of 32 items for men and ten for women, for between US$
2.50 and US$ 15.50. Grameen UNIQLO produces the collection in Bangladesh using
locally sourced materials, providing highly practical items in a range of
colors made from soft and stretchy synthetic fibers (such as polyester and
polyurethane) - made by locals, for locals. 
Commenting on the announcement, Fast Retailing Chairman, President, & CEO
Tadashi Yanai said, "We are pleased to announce today our next step in our
long-term commitment to the rapidly developing nation of Bangladesh. We
reinvest any profits to grow the business, and help to address challenges
related to poverty, hygiene, and education. Our aim is to nurture independence
and self-sufficiency, and to contribute toward raising the standard of living
in Bangladesh." 
To date, Grameen UNIQLO has focused on door-to-door sales in farming villages
- offering affordable, quality clothing to people living below the poverty
line. Through the new stores in Dhaka, Grameen UNIQLO creates local jobs and
offers customers in Bangladesh's capital quality, comfortable, and
affordable clothing. 
Fast Retailing established UNIQLO Social Business Bangladesh Ltd. in September
2010, and the joint venture with Grameen Group's Grameen Healthcare Trust
in August 2011. 
For more information about Grameen UNIQLO, please visit: 
About UNIQLO and Fast Retailing 
UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading global Japanese
retail holding company that designs, manufactures and sells clothing under
seven main brands: Comptoir des Cotonniers, GU, Helmut Lang, J Brand, Princesse
tam.tam, Theory, and UNIQLO. With global sales of approximately 928 billion yen
for the 2012 fiscal year ending August 31, 2012, Fast Retailing is currently
the world's fourth largest apparel retail company, and UNIQLO is
Japan's leading specialty retailer. 
UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world's most
important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to solidify its
status as a truly global brand.Today the company has a total of more than 1,200
stores in 13 markets worldwide including Japan: China, France, Hong Kong,
Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K.
and U.S. UNIQLO operates an integrated business model under which it designs,
manufactures, markets and sells high-quality, casual apparel. The company
believes that truly great clothes should be supremely comfortable, feature
universal designs, are of high quality and offer a superb fit to everyone who
wears them. 
With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing
conventional wisdom and change the world, Fast Retailing is dedicated to
creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people
everywhere. For more information about UNIQLO and Fast Retailing, please visit and . 
For media queries, please contact: 
Aldo Liguori/Oliver Ormrod
Corporate PR Department, Tokyo, Japan
Fast Retailing
Tel. +81 (0)3 6885 0960 
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