Re­tailer Muji to open ho­tel in Tokyo

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JA­PANESE re­tailer Muji is the lat­est home­ware com­pany to en­ter the ho­tel busi­ness, an­nounc­ing plans to open their first branded prop­erty in Tokyo.

The brand, which sells ev­ery­thing from cloth­ing to home­ware and is known for its min­i­mal­ist aes­thetic, will be open­ing its new­est ho­tel project in Tokyo's posh Ginza dis­trict in the spring of 2019.

The news comes after the com­pany an­nounced plans to open a branded ho­tel in China's Shen­zhen prov­ince by the end of the year.

To be housed in a sprawl­ing 10-storey mixed-use com­mer­cial build­ing com­plex, the ten­ta­tively named Muji Ho­tel will oc­cupy the last four floors of the build­ing.

The build­ing will also house a sprawl­ing re­tail space named Muji Goods, which will be­come the chain's global flag­ship store.

Muji is the lat­est com­pany to make the tran­si­tion from in­te­rior decor and fur­ni­ture re­tailer to ho­tel devel­op­ment.

Amer­i­can brands West Elm and Restora­tion Hard­ware are also de­vel­op­ing prop­er­ties across the United States, us­ing the pop­u­lar­ity of their brands as a jump­ing-off point.

Restora­tion Hard­ware's first prop­erty will open in New York's meat­pack­ing dis­trict as a 14-room bou­tique ho­tel, while West Elm an­nounced plans to open prop­er­ties in mar­kets like Sa­van­nah, Detroit and Min­ne­ap­o­lis be­gin­ning 2018. – AFP Re­laxnews

Artist ren­di­tion of the Tokyo Muji Ho­tel set to open in Tokyo in 2019. — AFP

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