Japanese casual clothing chain Uniqlo will be shuttering nine stores in central Seoul and other major cities in August as the once most popular Japanese clothing brand became a casualty case from a year-long consumer boycott in South Korea on top of coronavirus outbreak.
On Friday, FRL Korea, the operator of Uniqlo business in Korea, Uniqlo announced it will shut down nine stores next month, bringing the number of its stores in Korea to 165, minus 22 from 187 at the end of last August.
Despite its denial, the Japanese brand was hard hit by consumer boycott since July last year in protest to Tokyo’s sudden launch of trade barriers on South Korea amid a dispute over compensations for wartime forced labor.
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