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Daiso

Japanese retailer offers large variety of unique, affordable items at new South Shore location.

Patch spoke with Daiso California’s senior vice president, Yoshihide Murata, about Daiso’s new Alameda store.

How many stores does Daiso have in the Bay Area? We have 11 stores, including Alameda. Worldwide, we have about 3,200 stores.

What sort of products does Daiso carry? Most items cost $1.50. Right now, though, we are selling Christmas items for $1.

There are many useful items such as dishes, kitchenware and household products. Gift items are very popular and cute. They are very reasonably priced for Christmas gifts, especially if you need to buy several gifts for co-workers, for example. Most of our products -- 98 percent -- are Daiso brand. We test our products many times to ensure their quality.

How is Daiso different than the dollar stores? We offer a lot more variety. When you go to a dollar store, you don’t see quite as many choices as we carry.

What drew Daiso to Alameda? The broker from the shopping mall contacted us. We could see that Alameda is very unique and draws people from outside Alameda. South Shore is a very nice shopping mall. So we decided to try with a smaller location first. If we see people like our store, we will stay long-term and move into a bigger location in the mall.

Daiso is located at South Shore Center. The store is open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. seven days a week. Sales are cash only.

Deirdre Freeman January 20, 2012 at 03:58 AM
I'm thrilled to have the new Daiso store... finally one more store in this sadly empty mall! It's always great to have options beyond the usual drug store fare- and yes, the things for sale here are nicer quality, more interesting (and cute!) than other inexpensive stores. My children bought Christmas presents for each other here, and I have never had a better furniture duster than the little silly-faced creature hand duster I got there. There are adorable bento dishes and sweet bowls, too. And ear muffs!
Alexis January 23, 2012 at 10:41 PM
I still haven't figured out where it is, and I've walked around looking for it about half a dozen times. Sad.
Frances Montell January 23, 2012 at 11:00 PM
@Alexis: If you enter the mall from the Otis St. side, walk down the alley by Applebees, past Soccer Post, Color Me Mine, and Loard's ice cream, and it is straight ahead. If you enter from the beach side, it is behind Old Navy. Walk down the alley past Starbucks, Subway, etc. and turn right when you get to the end of the building.
Alexis January 28, 2012 at 01:40 AM
@ Francis- Thanks!
Vanessa September 16, 2012 at 07:17 AM
Unique ? Yep , I'll give you some examples : I got a really cool , 60's style transparent bubble umbrella ($1.50) . I haven't seen those in stores since , well , the 60's. Also : pearl-infused anti wrinkle mask -- which really works...knitted belly warmers ...They have great , unique , genius-of-design household items. I could go on and on . Live this place.

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