Unbelievable lines - the kind you would find outside an Apple store- snaked around UNIQLO on Friday in San Francisco - the first day the global clothing retailer opened its doors.
The crowd, mostly young Asian Americans, were excited to be at the new store, sort of like an H&M, to snap up relatively inexpensive clothes from the Japanese retailer.
At 29,000-square feet, the three-story Union Square store on Powell Street marks UNIQLO's first flagship store on the West Coast and company leaders touted the opening as a way to bring together the latest technology and design to transform the Bay Area retail experience
UNIQLO Chairman and Global CEO, Tadashi Yanai and Mayor Ed Lee held a ribbon-cutting ceremony 15 minutes before the doors officially opened.
"San Francisco is the center of global innovation and we are delighted to join this vibrant community," UNIQLO USA Chief Operating Officer Yasunobu Kyogoku said in a statement.
Added Lee: "The arrival of UNIQLO's new West Coast flagship home to the Bay Area brings nearly 500 new jobs and is helping to boost our local economic recovery."
San Francisco is the company's fifth U.S. retail location. Other U.S. locations include the UNIQLO store in Paramus, New Jersey, and three others in New York - UNIQLO Soho, UNIQLO 5th Avenue and UNIQLO 34th Street.
UNIQLO has more than 1,100 stores in 13 markets worldwide, namely in Japan, the U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Korea.