There was an article about “Shibuya109” on the February 17’s NIKKEI news paper.
As JAPAN Style previously mentioned, Shibuya109 is a department store in Shibuya, Tokyo, and it is Japan’s fashion capital and tremendously popular among young people.
According to the paper, the sales result in 2009 seems to go under than year earlier for the first time in 14 years.
On the paper, it reports the cause of the decline.
For example, a high school girl said,
“I have less chance to buy at Shibuya109 now because Forever21 and H&M are cheaper.”
A 21 years old woman said,
“Before, I had a sense of status to buy at 109 but now it’s more convenient to buy online.”
Due to the economical recession, the income of parents decrease as well as students’ allowances, and that seems to cause the “flight from 109”
Besides Forever21 and H&M, this store called “Shimamura” deprives young customers from 109 by opening more stores in the locations where young people gather.
Although Shimamura was an inconspicuous store for housewives and elders before, now it reinforces its business with the items for young people.
The sales of 109 is decreasing, which does not mean that young people lost their interests in fashion but to seek and find cheaper but still fashionable items is today’s trend for them.
Reference: The NIKKEI Feb/17/2010
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