Shopaholics disregard virus outbreak as new Uniqlo store hits Hanoi

By Giang Huy, Anh Tu   March 6, 2020 | 06:33 pm GMT+7
Hundreds of Hanoians on Friday queued up for hours outside the first Uniqlo store to grace the capital despite the ongoing novel coronavirus threat.
Shopaholics disregard virus outbreak as new Uniqlo store hits Hanoi

Lines formed hours ahead of 9:30 a.m., when the store officially opened at Vincom Pham Ngoc Thach in downtown Dong Da District.

Shopaholics disregard virus outbreak as new Uniqlo store hits Hanoi

The Japanese casual fashion retailer’s second outlet in Vietnam opened three months after its first in Ho Chi Minh City. The two-story Hanoi outlet covers 2,500-square-meters and is Uniqlo’s fourth largest in Southeast Asia.

Shopaholics disregard virus outbreak as new Uniqlo store hits Hanoi

Customers wearing masks had to undergo body temperature checks before entering the store.

Shopaholics disregard virus outbreak as new Uniqlo store hits Hanoi

CEO of Uniqlo Vietnam Osamu Ikezoe (R) and colleagues participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony. Ikezoe said more stores are planned for Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in the next five years.

Shopaholics disregard virus outbreak as new Uniqlo store hits Hanoi

Only 50 customers are allowed in at a time to avoid large crowds. Customers include senior citizens, students and children.

Shopaholics disregard virus outbreak as new Uniqlo store hits Hanoi

Many showed interests in products under VND500,000 ($22). Some contacted friends and family to buy products on their behalf. Most customers bought between five and 10 items.

Shopaholics disregard virus outbreak as new Uniqlo store hits Hanoi

Customers could design a shirt themselves for VND400,000 ($17) by selecting Uniqlo templates from a tablet.

Shopaholics disregard virus outbreak as new Uniqlo store hits Hanoi

With 20 check-out counters, most customers did not have to wait long to pay for their purchases. But there were times when all fitting rooms were occupied.

Shopaholics disregard virus outbreak as new Uniqlo store hits Hanoi

The store welcomed 600 customers in the first two hours.
Ikezoe said Vietnam is a potential market with a young population and high GDP growth.
He added the ongoing coronavirus epidemic could slow Uniqlo’s production in Vietnam during the next two months.
“However, we’ll try our best to ensure stocks are full.”

 
 
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