SHOPPERS EMBRACE DAISO
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.