Discount chain Daiso to open first store on neighboring island in Hilo

  • DIANE SW LEE / 2019

    A look inside the Daiso Hawaii store at the corner of Young and Piikoi streets. The retailer sells items such as household items, stationery, arts and crafts, toys, cleaning supplies, shopping bags, and Japanese drinks and snacks. Most products sell for $1.50, but some products are priced higher at $3, $4.50, or $5.

  • DIANE SW LEE / 2019 Daiso Hawaii's second location is at the corner of Young and Piikoi streets.  The fourth Daiso site will open on the island of Hawaii this Saturday.

    DIANE SW LEE / 2019

    Daiso Hawaii’s second location is at the corner of Young and Piikoi streets. The fourth Daiso site will open on the island of Hawaii this Saturday.

Popular Japanese discount chain Daiso will open its first nearby island store this Saturday.

Daiso’s Hilo store grand opening is set to open Saturday at 333 Kilauea Ave.

Hawaii’s first Daiso store opened in December 2018 at Pearl City Mall, drawing a long line of hundreds of shoppers snaking out the door. There are two other stores on Oahu – one at the corner of Young and Piikoi streets, and the other located on Fort Street Mall in downtown Honolulu.

Daiso Hilo will give away special gift bags to the first 100 customers with any purchase, according to an Instagram post. Hours are tentatively set from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Permanent store hours will be announced at a later date.

HouseMart, the parent company of Ace Hardware and Ben Franklin Crafts, has an exclusive licensing agreement to open Daiso stores in the islands. A call and email to Daiso Hawaii requesting comment was not immediately returned.

The retailer sells items such as household items, stationery, arts and crafts, toys, cleaning supplies, shopping bags, and Japanese drinks and snacks. Most products sell for $1.50, but some products are priced higher at $3, $4.50, or $5.

As of February 2020, Daiso had over 3,400 stores in Japan and over 5,700 stores worldwide. The store, which develops 800 new products a month, said it is able to keep prices low thanks to high-volume sales that run into the millions for a single product.

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