Ja­panese re­tailer sets up shop

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­DREW BACKHOUSE

TOWNSVILLE shop­pers are get­ting ready to say kon’nichiwa to a Ja­panese mega discount re­tail chain.

Daiso has an­nounced it is open­ing a new shop in Townsville in Septem­ber.

The “Ja­panese va­ri­ety won­der­land” is based on the 100 yen con­cept, a Ja­panese shop sim­i­lar to $ 2 shops here.

Many of the items priced about $ 2.80.

The shop will be open­ing at Wil­lows Shop­ping Cen­tre.

Daiso re­tail op­er­a­tions man­ager Jen­nifer Hib­berd told the Bul­letin the com­pany would be look­ing to hire a are man­age­ment team and sales as­sis­tants for the new space.

“We are look­ing at em­ploy­ing 20- 25 team mem­bers for the store,” she said.

Ms Hib­berd the com­pany had been look­ing for the per­fect lo­ca­tion in Townsville for the past year.

“It is a strong and vi­brant re­gional city with much op­por­tu­nity,” she said.

“Af­ter open­ing our Cairns store in June last year, we were met with many cus­tomers who al­ready knew and loved the Daiso brand in Far North Queens­land.

“Daiso is where you can find ev­ery­day life so­lu­tions with a wide va­ri­ety of de­part- ments from sta­tionery, food, beauty, clean­ing, kitchen, gar­den­ing and many more.

“And the best part is al­most ev­ery item is just $ 2.80.”

The chain was started 40 years ago in Ja­pan by Hiro­take Yano, the pi­o­neer of the 100yen shop­ping con­cept.

The num­ber of shops in Aus­tralia has ex­ploded re­cently and the Townsville shop will be the 30th.

“We opened the first cor­po­rate store in Aus­tralia in 2013 and in four short years have grown to 29 stores with Townsville be­ing No. 30,” Ms Hib­berd said. Ap­ply for jobs at my­daiso. com. au/ queens­land- ca­reers

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