Popular Japanese fashion retailer UNIQLO has announced the opening date for its much anticipated first store in Scotland.

The brand, which was founded in 1984, specialises in casual and streetwear and has over 3000 locations across the globe.

With its long-standing commitment to quality, style and functionality, the company promises to bring a "fresh perspective" to Edinburgh and Scotland as a whole.

The new store will be located on Princes Street in the "iconic, modernist purpose-built retail store, designed by Johnson-Marshall and Partners in 1965", which was formerly home to BHS.

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Alessandro Dudech, chief operating officer at UNIQLO UK said: "At UNIQLO, we are deeply committed to supporting and enriching the communities where we operate.

"The opening of our new store in Edinburgh represents an exciting opportunity to forge lasting connections with local residents, businesses and organisations. Edinburgh is a city of great cultural and historical heritage, and we are excited to partner with a few of the many people who help to make the city so vibrant.

"Together, we will show how LifeWear brings people together, transcending differences in everyday lives. We invite the people of Edinburgh to join us in celebrating the opening of our new store and to be part of this exciting milestone with us."

When will UNIQLO's first Scottish store open and what can we expect?

UNIQLO's first Scottish store will open on Thursday, April 25, 2024.

To mark the launch, the company will collaborate with Edinburgh locals to showcase the city's vibrant cultural scene and unique styles.

Seven people, who are said to embody the city, will partner up with the chain.

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These include Balerno-raised singer-songwriter, Nina Nesbitt, and freelance music journalist, Aisha Fatunmbi-Randall, who has been at the forefront of the restoration of Leith Theatre.

From the city's food and drink scene, Darcie Maher, head baker and owner of Lannan Bakery joins the lineup alongside the capital’s leading whisky expert, TJ Littlejohn.

Completing the lineup of well-known faces, artist, Arran Rahimian; Dr Stacey Hunter, Design curator and creative director of Local Heroes and Tom Fraser, principal of the highly acclaimed Chippendale International School of Furniture will also be involved.

Will there be any special offers as UNIQLO opens its first Edinburgh store?

To celebrate the opening of the Princes Street location, UNIQLO will be offering the first 100 customers through the door a goody bag.

There will also be an exciting opportunity for customers to win a trip to Tokyo simply by scanning the UNIQLO app with any purchase.

More promotions are to be announced in the coming days and weeks.