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TOWNSVILLE is turn­ing Ja­panese at next to no cost with the open­ing of mega dis­count chain Daiso at Wil­lows shop­ping cen­tre.

While the store is brac­ing for ram­pag­ing shop­pers at a grand open­ing to­day, the chain’s Queens­land man­ager Jen­nifer Hib­berd said the first day of trade on Thurs­day had been out­stand­ing.

“We had well over 1000 peo­ple through the doors. It was really, really good. We are very happy with the re­sponse,” she said.

Whil While D Daisoi i is a wellll k known and hugely suc­cess­ful brand with some 4000 stores world­wide, mostly in Ja­pan, it will be quite a cu­rios­ity for many in sub­ur­ban Townsville and sur­rounds.

No doubt some shop­pers will be in­ter­ested to sam­ple Ja­panese bis­cuits like the Hello Panda range of short­breads filled with vanilla, straw­berry, dou­ble choco­late and green tea flavours.

The stores carry items in food, beauty, stationery, clean­ing and kitchen­ware with about 90 per cent of stock cost­ing $ 2.80 or less.

Daiso is one of more than a dozen new re­tail­ers to be at­tracted to its $ 80 mil­lion ex­pan­sion an­chored by big Har­ris Scarfe and Cot­ton On stores.

The cen­tre’s Dexus re­gional prop­erty man­ager, An­drew Stal­lan, said they were look­ing for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing a busy Christ­mas re­tail­ing sea­son ahead.

The 500sq m Daiso store pro­vides re­tail jobs for 25 peo­ple.

GOOD RE­SPONSE: Daiso Queens­land man­ager Jen­nifer Hib­berd with store man­ager Julie Quealy at the Wil­lows store. Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

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