What to Know
- The popular Japanese dollar store Daiso opened its first East Coast location over the weekend.
- The new store is located in the Shops at Skyview Center in Flushing, Queens.
- Some customers started lining up for the grand opening as early as 4 a.m.
The popular Japanese dollar store Daiso opened its first East Coast location over the weekend.
Located in the Shops at Skyview Center in Flushing, the store opened its doors the morning of Friday, March 8. The first 100 customers on Friday and Saturday received goodie bags filled with snacks and candy.
Jeremy Farrell has been waiting for a Daiso to open on the East Coast for a long time. He was the sixth person in line on Friday morning.
"I've been here since 4 a.m.," Farrell said. "Was it worth it? I think so."
The store has had a cult following for many years — and for good reason. From Japanese snacks and makeup to kitchenware and stationary, Daiso sells well-made things for affordable prices. Almost everything in the New York Daiso is priced at $1.99.
Although this is the first location to grace the East Coast, Daiso has almost 4,000 locations worldwide, including dozens in California, Texas and Washington State.
The New York grand opening activities included giveaways, vendor sampling, free balloons for children and drum performances.
"I [saw] a lot of customers look so happy, so I'm very grateful for today," Senior Vice President of Daiso Japan USA, Yoshi Murata, said. "I'm so appreciative of all the customer's support."