uniqlo02.jpgMayor Ed Lee welcomed a new retailer to San Francisco this morning that is expected to provide several hundred jobs in the city.

The mayor formally welcomed Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo today. Uniqlo plans to hire 500 part- and full-time employees for when the store opens up this fall, said Yasunobu Kyogoku, chief operating officer of Uniqlo USA.

Lee praised the retailer for being consistent with the city’s administration.

“Uniqlo is investing in the people,” Lee said.

The soon-to-be 29,000 square-foot store at 111 Powell St. hired 14 San Francisco residents Thursday alone, Lee said.

As a token of their commitment to the West Coast and the Bay Area, Kyogoku presented Harold Brooks, CEO of the Bay Area chapter of the American Red Cross, with a $25,000 donation.

The donation will support preparedness and response efforts in San Francisco neighborhoods.

Uniqlo has three locations in New York with one to come in New Jersey. The San Francisco store is the lone West Coast location and is set to open sometime before the holiday season.

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