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Japanese design chain Muji to open first Toronto store

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 18, 2014

muji torontoWe're on a serious roll when it comes to international chain stores, Toronto. First, shoe discounter DSW took itself out of our dreams and into the GTA with two brand-new stores; now, another brand is set to knock itself off our wish list (and this one will make a way bigger impact on your place than just the shoe closet).

The Globe and Mail reports that Muji, that Japanese purveyor of all things functional and minimal, from clothing to housewares to gifts, is looking to set up shop near the Eaton Centre by mid-December. Two additional stores set to follow for the end of next year. The chain is a cult fave around the world (including in many U.S. cities) for their sleek yet affordable approach to everyday essentials that are sure to play nice with all your IKEA finds. (Meanwhile, as of press time, the wind still gently whispers "Uniqlo".)

Photo via Muji on Facebook.

Discussion

62 Comments

Rex / August 18, 2014 at 08:50 am
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Wow with all these new businesses coming to Toronto we definately need to increase bus service by 10%. Get on it Olivia!
Japanophile / August 18, 2014 at 09:00 am
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More Japanese stores please!!! Good start though!
#FordMoreYears / August 18, 2014 at 09:19 am
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Mayor Ford has had a huge impact on business in Toronto. Many were whining that he was giving us a bad name well now look. Not only are US companies looking to expand here now also Japanese companies are interested in opening up here, in fact this one is opening steps from his office. Mayor Ford has helped put Toronto on the map not hurt it. Muji could have picked any city in Canada for this opening, or open another US location and where did they choose TORONTO! #FordMoreYears
Pablo / August 18, 2014 at 09:20 am
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I like that Uniglo is a well kept secret for some of us, sorta hate it's coming here.... but at the same time welcome it for the rest of my Canadian compatriots learn of it's beauty.
Robert replying to a comment from #FordMoreYears / August 18, 2014 at 09:34 am
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Pretty amazing feat he has pulled off, before 2010 there were no business in Toronto. He managed to get 100's of residential towers and millions of square feet office space planned, designed and built in those spectacular four years.
#FordMoreYears replying to a comment from Robert / August 18, 2014 at 09:36 am
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Yes you can ignore, deny and be sarcastic about it all you want, of course he didn't build the entire infrastructure in 4 years, but business are not turning away from Toronto infact they are running to it. See you October 27th.
LOL @ Fartyears / August 18, 2014 at 09:38 am
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you HAVE to be joking, fartfan. Ford has attracted new business to Toronto? Are you paid by him to catch his farts or something? Seek professional help.
Gloria / August 18, 2014 at 09:43 am
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Pablo: Well-kept secret? It's an international chain.
#FordMoreYears / August 18, 2014 at 09:46 am
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I act like a troll and at least one person takes the bait. Ha ha, oh well, back to 4chan for me!
#FordMoreYears replying to a comment from LOL @ Fartyears / August 18, 2014 at 09:47 am
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No I'm simply going back a few months when you were all screaming that Mayor Ford was hurting Toronto's image and hurting business in the city. How foolish you were, ranting and raving over nothing. He did not hurt this city, he helped it.
M replying to a comment from #FordMoreYears / August 18, 2014 at 09:50 am
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Stop plugging your Ford BS in things unrelated. Muji coming to Toronto speaks more about the city and the people. Muji and Uniqlo have had eyes on Toronto/ Canada for a long time. Not a single fatass who made it comical to be cracked up while in power. Ford is one of the reasons Toronto youth don't vote.
#FordMoreYears / August 18, 2014 at 09:50 am
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All these celebrities are coming to town for TIFF. Surely it is the impact that Rob Ford made that is attracting all of them!
Robert replying to a comment from #FordMoreYears / August 18, 2014 at 10:07 am
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No need to get up off your seat, trolls are best when they are sitting they give their brains a rest.
I am congratulating Rob Ford on his stupendous record of getting shopping to Toronto. We did not have much before, no one wanted to do business hear until Rob Ford became mayor.
Hamish / August 18, 2014 at 10:08 am
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They could've choosen Vancouver if they wanted too its a very rich city but they didn't they chose Mayor Fords Toronto.
billy replying to a comment from #FordMoreYears / August 18, 2014 at 10:10 am
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has nothing to do with ford...
Rayray / August 18, 2014 at 10:16 am
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I have a feeling this store won't work out well in Toronto/Canada.
To the Deluded Ford fan / August 18, 2014 at 10:17 am
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Give me a frickn break. The worst mayor in the history of Toronto, and you want to credit him with bringing business to Toronto? All he does is vote NO to everything. How people can blindly follow him is beyond me.
He also looks mighty sleepy all the time, too. Strange.
Jessica Bosse / August 18, 2014 at 10:21 am
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Amazing! How do I get in touch with marketing for commercial and product photography for the Toronto store?
dorf / August 18, 2014 at 10:25 am
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Rob Ford built all Toronto businesses with his bare hands. He took all the gravy that had previously been slopping around city hall and formed it into business and jobs.
Steve replying to a comment from #FordMoreYears / August 18, 2014 at 10:36 am
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SO glad that Ford turned Toronto around and in an amazing short period of fours years. You sound like an expert on all things Ford can you please tell me how he did this, books need to be written. I have been trying to find this information through web searches but keep coming up with facts that dispute his claims. For sure this is a left wing conspiracy they have gotten hold of the internet and erased all the good he has done.
#FordMoreYears / August 18, 2014 at 10:43 am
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HE has represented the city in the international media more than ANY OTHER mayor in Toronto's history.

The fact that Olivia Chow is campaigning and urging tens of thousands of Torontonians living in Hong Kong and the UK to vote for her even though they don't live here tells you something of his impact.
Anon / August 18, 2014 at 10:48 am
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FINALLY! They're huge in Asia so Asian customers in Toronto will already be well aware of their brand and stock. I just hope their prices will match; their UK stores are stupidly overpriced.

Next stop Vancouver!
TBIT replying to a comment from #FordMoreYears / August 18, 2014 at 11:00 am
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You are probably right; nobody in Hollywood heard of the TIFF before Rob Ford went on Jimmy Kimmel.
bitlets replying to a comment from #FordMoreYears / August 18, 2014 at 11:02 am
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Ford??? hahaha he has put Toronto on the map for all the wrong reasons. He has nothing to do with businesses coming to the city. Moron.
#FordMoreYears replying to a comment from M / August 18, 2014 at 11:12 am
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Can you tell me how in one 4 year term Rob Ford is one of the reasons Toronto youth don't vote?

If anything he's really brought the Toronto mayoral race into the minds of many. May are passionate for him and many passionately against him, if anything I think he's driving more people to the polls. The lack of voters to the polls last time from YOUR side could be a contributing factor to why he was got elected in the first place. Don't blame Rob for voter apathy for your own parties.
Kerry Harris replying to a comment from #FordMoreYears / August 18, 2014 at 11:17 am
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Mayor Rob Ford had absolutely nothing to do with Muji or any other retail chain coming to Toronto -- you are delusional if you think otherwise-- he's an embarrassment -- a dysfunctional, lying, ego centric, stupid drug addict who needs to take his train wreck of a life somewhere else
If anything, he's put Toronto on the map for all the wrong reasons and get this straight -- we are the butt of countless jokes internationally as a result of this buffoon. Jimmy Fallon wasn't laughing with him, he was laughing at him ...

#FMY replying to a comment from bitlets / August 18, 2014 at 11:18 am
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So then why were you so passionate that he was hurting the business relationships of the city months ago? Now that it's been proven false you say he never had an impact anyway. Flip. Flop. Flip. Flop.
Kerry Harris replying to a comment from #FordMoreYears / August 18, 2014 at 11:22 am
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#FordMoreYears -- what kind of an individual votes for a man who lies, beats his wife, takes drugs while actually in his office, consorts with criminals, has an affair while in rehab, lies some more ... really dude -- you are that stupid????
Andrew replying to a comment from Pablo / August 18, 2014 at 11:33 am
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Yes, Muji is coming to Toronto because Rob Ford.
hair salon toronto / August 18, 2014 at 11:46 am
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Fantastic, we can't wait for this great store to open it's doors in downtown Toronto. Also waiting for Uniqlo for it's debut in the city soon!
RS / August 18, 2014 at 11:49 am
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Daiso next please!
stoptrolling replying to a comment from #FordMoreYears / August 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm
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Unfortunately you are almost as shortsighted as you are blind. Toronto is the economic centre of Canada and is often the first city in the country where international business will try their hand at a Canadian venture. It's also one of the most similar to tpo U.S cities in terms of a business climate including New York and Chicago which makes it a prime target.

Stop giving credit to Ford where credit isn't due. A good mayor would put Toronto on the map by leveraging Toronto's inherent amazing qualities rather than smearing the cities name across international headlines associating it with drugs and an incompetent mayor. Have some pride in our city.
Ray replying to a comment from stoptrolling / August 18, 2014 at 12:08 pm
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Ohh so other countries are just having their way with us then and no one is responsible for it. Great. Walk all over us!!!
Josh / August 18, 2014 at 12:14 pm
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I'm gonna guess this is going in beside urban outfitters.
Ray / August 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm
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Bring on Bon Jovi and the Bills! Expand Porter Airlines! Have your way in Toronto today!
Bored Fob replying to a comment from #FordMoreYears / August 18, 2014 at 01:05 pm
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Troll win.
Jeff Doyle / August 18, 2014 at 01:39 pm
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Ford has absolutely nothing to do with this...if Muji is opening a store, it's become this is an untapped business opportunity
Jeff Doyle replying to a comment from Josh / August 18, 2014 at 01:44 pm
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Probably...same idea, some interesting stuff...ultimately the same market
Jeff Doyle replying to a comment from Rick / August 18, 2014 at 01:52 pm
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Pretty much...if it were made in Japan (like made in Canada) it wouldn't be cost-effective...
Lee Zamparo replying to a comment from #FordMoreYears / August 18, 2014 at 01:55 pm
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Frod nation jumps to conclusion based on vague correlation. In other news, the sky is blue. Barf.

Ford is a dolt, he's hands-down the most useless dunderhead in a 50km radius of Toronto. Unlike the last mayoral election, there are good candidates this time around; candidates who don't trigger a wave of nausea as you consider voting for them.

Not only do most of them *actually* want to be the mayor, and understand what the job entails, but a few of them have *sensible ideas* that most sane people can support. Hell, one of them (Soknacki) has lots of good ideas and would be just the tonic of sanity Toronto desperately needs.
Lee Zamparo replying to a comment from #FordMoreYears / August 18, 2014 at 01:58 pm
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"HE has represented the city in the international media more than ANY OTHER mayor in Toronto's history."

Most sensible people would say that he's turned Toronto into the laughing stock of world cities. He's an international embarrassment, how can you possibly tout this as an accomplishment?
Bizüne replying to a comment from #FordMoreYears / August 18, 2014 at 02:08 pm
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Toronto is the fastest growing city in the world and is was already satiated before Bozo was elected. He has nothing to do with it. I was visiting Toronto this past week and noticed every corner stores are also selling crack pipes.
Bizüne replying to a comment from Bizüne / August 18, 2014 at 02:10 pm
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Oust... *happening not satiated
Gayle / August 18, 2014 at 02:16 pm
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I thought this was an announcement about a store coming to Toronto not a debate on what Rob Ford has and has not done. Obviously they have picked Toronto afte doing much research and it is the economic hub of Canada - not because of Rob Ford!
Pablo replying to a comment from Andrew / August 18, 2014 at 02:20 pm
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What the fuck are you talking about Andew?! Man everyone on here have issues.
Pablo replying to a comment from Gloria / August 18, 2014 at 02:23 pm
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You need to chill, I appreciate you pointing out that it's an internatioal chain. But like Superdry not everyone knows about it. Gosh I can't believe my compleses you to point out something like that. I know people that have never heard of the chain.
CdnScott replying to a comment from #FordMoreYears / August 18, 2014 at 02:47 pm
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Come on! Those businesses are not coming here cuz of Ford. Give your head a shake! They are coming cuz our economy, thus far, has given us an edge over the American market (no thanks to ANY CONServative - especailly the Feds who have put us in the red to the tune of over $13 billion dollars when the Liberals handed them a hefty surplus); as Robin Williams stated, we elected a "Bush Baby" and Harpercrit is doing as much damage as Bush did to the US.
cathie / August 18, 2014 at 03:16 pm
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While its good to see any business set up premises here, I'm confused as to what is so great about this one. Their website is less than impressive and there is nothing on there that is unique or couldn't be purchased in any other store. Hopefully in person their stuff is better. Right now, a big MEH
Gloria replying to a comment from Pablo / August 18, 2014 at 03:37 pm
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Pablo: "Gosh I can't believe my compleses you to point out something like that."

I didn't understand your comment so I laid out the facts I was aware of that made me think the way I do.

What compels you to tell me to chill? Now I'm really confused.
Gloria replying to a comment from Pablo / August 18, 2014 at 03:46 pm
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You know what? Peace. Not sure why I'm engaging in whether Uniqlo is a secret or not. Like you, I'm glad it's coming here (eventually).

'Til next time.
local replying to a comment from Pablo / August 18, 2014 at 04:41 pm
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Oh brother. Sorry you have to share your 'secret' with the hoi polloi.
Craig / August 18, 2014 at 05:44 pm
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The head of Muji is known to be a huge Jimmy Kimmel fan.
Alex L / August 18, 2014 at 06:04 pm
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With all of these international chains coming, there should be a better chance of Ford finding a sales job after the election. I think he could make a good greeter.
annemac replying to a comment from Bizüne / August 18, 2014 at 06:52 pm
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Toronto the fastest growing city in the world? What about Lagos? Mexico City? About any city you can name in China?
Joe replying to a comment from #FordMoreYears / August 18, 2014 at 07:55 pm
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If Toronto needs a reputation like that of Major Ford, perhaps it's the type of business Torontonians can live without. Mayor Ford is notorious and should not be influencing or even be discussed with our young, impressionable, keenly watching youth. Shame on anybody for thinking this kind of reputation and influence is something we want promoted around the world. Why not attract professionalism and a little bit of class?
winterkills replying to a comment from Jessica Bosse / August 18, 2014 at 08:48 pm
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You don't. They already have all their marketing done. They're Japanese and they've done it before.
Al replying to a comment from Alex L / August 19, 2014 at 11:12 am
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Ha. Ford never put in an honest days work in his life so far, why would he start after he loses the election ? We all know that all the Ford brothers have lived off the profits from daddy's succesful business their whole lives(Drug dealing aside).
Yukes / August 27, 2014 at 07:30 pm
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Hey, it is only expensive when it comes to here, Uniqlo will be the same...both stores are reasonable pricing in Japan.
nanase replying to a comment from cathie / October 30, 2014 at 04:33 am
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I've been in love with MUJI for two decades now. Their north american website represents just a fraction of what they offer in Japan. I'm very lucky that I can get to Japan for work fairly regularly, especially since the yen is pretty much at par right now to our CDN dollar. I know that when they get here there will be a markup, plus our sales tax will make it that much more expensive. Still, it's comforting for me to know that I can easily replace the stuff I buy there in a pinch once they finally get here.

You have to actually see and touch their goods to fall in love with them. I just bought a set of their cotton coasters http://www.muji.us/store/kitchen/table-liners/indian-cotton-coasters.html for around a dollar each and they are great. I use their acrylic cases http://www.muji.us/store/storage/acrylic-cases/acrylic-case-2-drawers-small.html to store makeup and jewelry.

My only major beef is that their food products are not available at all in north america and I can't see that this will change anytime soon. They have fantastic vacuum packed mixes you can throw into a rice cooker to make stuff like paella: http://www.muji.net/store/cmdty/detail/4547315282999?searchno=15, or kits that make stuff like korean tofu stew: http://www.muji.net/store/cmdty/detail/4547315903504?searchno=24.

The reason why MUJI has been such a hit all over asia as well as parts of the US is the simplicity and quality of their products, for a reasonable price all under one roof. There is simply nothing like it here so far.
nanase replying to a comment from cathie / October 30, 2014 at 04:48 am
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One more thing: their foldable parachute nylon bags are awesome! I take mine everywhere; to work, grocery shopping, or just-in-case-i'll-need it days and they fold up into a tiny pouch. http://www.muji.net/store/cmdty/detail/4547315903504?searchno=24

Since I travel for a living, their toiletries organizer is also very, very good: http://www.muji.us/store/travel/packing/nylon-hanging-travel-case.html
nanase replying to a comment from cathie / October 30, 2014 at 04:50 am
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Oops: foldable waterproof nylon link found here: http://www.muji.us/store/bags-1/foldable/foldable-carry-on-tote-bag-large-navy.html
nanase replying to a comment from cathie / October 30, 2014 at 04:58 am
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Can't wait for UNIQLO either... Their US stores have larger sizes despite the markup for us canadians. Better prices exist in Japan, but their sizing is teeny-tiny.

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