Japanese casual clothing retailer Uniqlo is heading to the US West Coast this autumn with a new flagship store in San Francisco, as part of a longer-term goal to expand its presence throughout the country.

The 2,700 sq m store will be the fourth US location for the apparel retailer, following the opening of three stores in Manhattan.

Tadashi Yanai, chairman, president and CEO of Fast Retailing, said: "Our plan to open a store on the West Coast is part of our longer-term commitment to expand our presence throughout the US."

Speaking about the range to be offered in the new store, a spokesperson told just-style: "We would like to have as full a product offering as possible." 

Describing the retailer's international expansion plans, the spokesperson added: "We have plans to open stores in all major markets around the world, so wherever we believe we have business opportunity, we would like to open there."