Shopping for new chic and stylish clothes to add to your closet while appreciating the wonders of nature seems like two activities that are worlds apart, but not anymore thanks to Uniqlo Philippines’ new roadside store.
In a special tour attended by PhilSTAR L!fe, the Japanese clothing giant gave a sneak peek at its third and largest roadside store in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna on Nov. 16.
Aside from a vast selection of innovative and comfortable wear, the 1,418-square meter store boasts several special features that can elevate your shopping experience, including the first ever "Green Park" by Ayala, in partnership with Uniqlo.
"Our roadside stores highlight our commitment to bringing LifeWear closer to more Filipinos. Opening a roadside store promises a simple, local one-stop shopping experience for customers to enjoy a quick and convenient trip close to their homes, especially this Holiday season," Uniqlo Philippines Chief Operating Officer Geraldine Sia said.
Wheelchair-friendly Fitting Rooms
It's a sad reality in the Philippines that most fitting rooms in malls and clothing stores don't really cater to persons with disabilities, making it awfully difficult for them to shop for new apparel.
But in Uniqlo's Nuvali store, handicapped persons have their own special place through its wheelchair-friendly fitting room, where it features a wide space and a large sofa to help disabled customers get comfortable in trying on their preferred clothes.
As much as we want our children to look stylish, they're simply too young to be interested in fashion, which makes it troublesome to shop for clothes when they can't sit still in one area.
But Uniqlo's new roadside store has the perfect solution for that problem through their cute and interactive kids' play corner. The area has colorful tables and chairs where your kids can enjoy playing with their toys and it also features a small library for some educational reading.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Station
In line with their goal to be more sustainable, the Japanese clothing brand has allotted a special corner where customers can channel their initiative to help save the environment.
The space features a so-called "Re.UNIQLO box" where you can drop off your pre-loved Uniqlo pieces and the retailer can give new life to your old clothes through reusing and upcycling. Aside from being regenerated into new items, they can also be donated to refugees and displaced persons all over the world.
Lastly, the space also displays upcycled furniture made from roped plastics and old Uniqlo denim scraps by eco-conscious company JunkNot.
Located outside the store’s premises, the Green Park is perhaps the store's main highlight. It's where you can sit back, relax, and bask in the soothing presence of nature and refreshing greeneries.
Right off the bat, you can feast your eyes on a magnificent mural by environmental artist AG Saño, with some help from children from the Nuvali community. The mural is notable for having used paint that purifies the air.
Along with several playground installations to keep your children entertained, the park also features a charging station in case your gadgets are on the verge of turning off on you.
The way it works is that you need to plug in your phones in the outlets and ride the equipment like a bicycle in order to power up your gadgets. The outlets can work for iPhone and Samsung users and for most Android users.
"The park is a part of our commitment of improving the lives of the people, planet, and society, so we want to integrate the lifestyle of the Nuvali community as well as the Laguna community in our new roadside store through this park," store manager Rovie Ann Antipolo said.
"We definitely aim to have more in store in this park so that we can integrate more sustainable installations to further underscore our sustainability commitment," she added.
The Nuvali store will officially welcome customers on Nov. 18. To celebrate, Uniqlo will also be treating customers who are members of their Uniqlo PH app with a limited edition 2023 planner.
The personal organizer comes in the brand’s signature red color and is only available for members who will spend a minimum single-receipt purchase of P3,000 from Nov. 18 to 20.
Founded in 1949, Uniqlo has since established large-scale stores in some of the world's largest cities and locations. The company has set its mind on crafting clothes that are “supremely comfortable, feature universal designs, are of high quality and offer a superb fit to everyone who wears them”.