SOCAL BOUND?: Is Uniqlo’s first Southern California store landing at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa this fall? Speculation is that’s the case, but South Coast Plaza and Uniqlo are keeping mum. “I can’t comment on rumors. At this time, we are not announcing the exact locations of our fall store openings. We will be announcing that in early May,” said a Uniqlo spokeswoman.

Uniqlo has been keen on Northern California, where it has five stores and is opening three more during the spring and summer months, but has been slow to move into Southern California. In January, Uniqlo pointed to Southern California as one of the U.S. markets it would enter this fall. There are currently 17 Uniqlo stores in the U.S. This was first reported by Racked L.A.

This story first appeared in the February 11, 2014 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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