Daiso, Japan’s answer to our dollar stores, is opening its second Texas store in Irving on Nov. 21. The 10,000-square-foot store will be next to the Kroger Marketplace in part of the space vacated a couple years ago by Barnes & Noble at 7615 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Daiso, pronounced Die-so, made a huge Texas debut in Carrollton last summer as shoppers lined up for the opening and crowds remained strong for weeks.
The Carrollton store, located at 2540 Old Denton Rd. has exceeded expectation and encouraged the company to move ahead with plans, a spokesman said. While initial crowds died down, committed customers are constantly coming back, he said. Daiso is Japan’s largest 100 Yen store chain.
Daiso’s unique products mix include aisles of merchandise for the kitchen, bath, laundry, closets to decorative accessories, gardening, gift wrap, office, hardware, pets, toys, snacks, clothing, candy and cosmetics. Most items are priced at $1.50 and some are at $5, $7 and $9. There’s an entertainment value in going up and down the aisles. Boring items like a spatula come in bright colors and food is an adventure. It’s definitely a place to go if you’re putting together a gift basket. Most of you should pass on the dried squid jerky and leave it for those folks who crave it from home. Many ingredients were over my culinary head. When I was there, people in line had lots of paint pens and soup bowls.
The plan is for about 10 Daiso stores in Dallas and 10 more in Houston to open over the next few years. Plano will be next with a store planned for early next year, the spokesman said. The first Houston store is also expected to open next year. While it’s focused on Texas, the company is still opening stores in California and will have 45 open there by the end of this year.