Japanese retailer Muji readies its San Jose store

Japanese retailer Muji, which sells home-goods and clothes, is gearing up for its downtown San Jose store opening at 11 a.m. on April 16, the company said in a statement Monday.

Workers are preparing the outlet, located in downtown San Jose in the Fairmont Hotel building along South First Street.

The outlet will offer 1,700 household goods and 300 apparel items, Muji said.

Muji, along with clothes maker Uniqlo (pronounced YOU-nee-klo), are part of a small wave of Asian retailers looking to expand in the United States. I wrote about this in an earlier article.

“The U.S. market is huge and is still growing,” Hiroyoshi Azami, president of Muji U.S.A., said in an email earlier this year. He added that his company finds San Jose especially attractive because the “population is being increased with relatively young newcomers who are well-educated.”The company opened a store in San Francisco last year.

San Jose officials welcome the overseas interest because the city doesn’t have enough retail to meet the needs of its 1 million residents. And the region’s highly diverse population, many of whom were born overseas, makes it ideal for international retailers, said Kim Walesh, San Jose’s director of economic development.



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