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Daiso or The Daisō (ザ・ダイソー?) is a large franchise of 100-yen shops in Japan, owned by Daiso Sangyo Corp. (株式会社大創産業 kabushiki gaisha daisō sangyō?, headquarters: Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture). Daiso has a range of over 100,000 goods, of which over 40 percent are imported goods, many of them from China. Many of these are own-brand goods.
Daiso often uses such locations as previous pachinko parlours for its retail outlets. They spend a lot of money on shelving and fixtures to help the stores compete with more high-end retailers. The stock of items retailed at each shop is varied frequently in order to increase repeat customers.
Daiso categorizes all its own-brand items on sale using the morpheme za (ザ), the Japanese representation of the English word "the", plus a category. For example, za hanabi (ザ・花火) is the category for fireworks, and za purasuchikku (ザ・プラスチック) is the category for plastic items such as plastic buckets or trays.
In 2004, Daiso also started selling items priced at multiples of 100 yen, such as 200, 300, 400 or 500 yen.
Daiso has 2,500 stores in Japan, and 522 stores overseas, in Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, and Vietnam.
The first Daiso store opened up in Abbotsford, Victoria in 2010, selling thousands of items are a flat rate of $2.80. Since then it has expanded to seven stores in New South Wales, three in Queensland, and eight in Victoria. The stores range from 133 mª to 1067 mª (Melbourne Bourke St store), which is currently the largest in Australia. Stores in Melbourne are found in Highpoint Shopping Centre, Doncaster Shoppingtown, Richmond, Chadstone Shopping Centre and Swanston Street in Melbourne's CBD. The Chatswood Mandarin Centre, Merrylands, Sydney CBD/Haymarket, Blacktown Westpoint Shopping Centre and Parramatta Westfield Shopping Centre (opened July 4, 2013) are the locations for Sydney. All items are $2.80 Australian dollars. As of 2014, three new Daiso stores have opened in Craigieburn Central (Craigieburn Shopping Centre), Westfield Shopping Centre in Airport West and Macquarie Centre in Macquarie Park.
In December 2003, Daiso opened a 2,400 square metre (26,430 square feet) store in Aberdeen Centre, in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. Most items sold in the store (Daiso products plus a small selection of Japanese foods and beverages) are CAD$2 each. "This store is to be our springboard to launch Daiso's operations across North America," said Roy Fujita, director of the company's international division.
There are 19 Daiso stores in Malaysia. They are located in malls, including Aeon Bukit Raja, Aeon Kulaijaya, Aeon Melaka (Ayer Keroh), Aeon AU2 (Setiawangsa), Aeon Mahkota Cheras, Aeon Seri Manjung, Aeon Taman Equine, Aeon Ipoh Station 18, Aeon Taman Maluri, Aeon Rawang, Aeon Bukit Tinggi, Aeon 1 Utama, Aeon Bandaraya Melaka, East Coast Mall Kuantan, Pavilion, Publika, Queensbay Mall, Setia City Mall and Palm Mall. Most products are priced at MYR5, while a few premium products are priced at MYR10 or MYR15.[not in citation given]
There are twelve Daiso stores in Singapore. The stores are located in following malls: Vivocity, IMM Mall, Plaza Singapura, ION Orchard, Tampines 1, Rivervale Mall, Bukit Panjang Plaza, Sembawang Shopping Centre, Chinatown Point, City Square Mall, Parkway Parade and Kallang Wave (latest opened in August 2014). Future Daiso stores will be at Tuas Plaza and ITE College East. All products are priced at SGD$2.
There are over 860 Daiso stores (860 store opened last year) in Korea. Daiso was established in 1992 as the Daiso-Asung Corporation, working in cooperation with Japan Daiso in 2001. The chain has proliferated over the last 10 years by using a low cost-high quality strategy. Each store stocks over thirty thousand items, and most of the items are under one thousand won. Daiso also has an online shopping mall that allows people to purchase the same items at home.
On October 2, 2005, the first store in the United States opened for business in Alderwood Mall located in Lynnwood, Washington near Seattle, WA. This store is much smaller at only 442 square meters (approx. 4,750 square feet), and items were originally one of three prices, $1, $1.50, & $2 (all USD). The current inventory now includes packaged food and items are now priced up to $8, though most items are at the $1.50 price point. Daiso officials have said they plan to open as many as twenty stores or more in the United States.
There are fifteen stores in the United States: five are in Washington, and ten in California. The largest U.S. Daiso is located in Union City, California, which has 17,760 square foot (1,650 square meters) of floor space and opened on August 8, 2007. A total of 15 to 20 locations are planned for the entire San Francisco Bay Area in the future. Daiso has also opened stores in several other SF Bay Area cities: Daly City, Berkeley, Cupertino, Milpitas, Newark, San Jose, and San Francisco's Japantown and downtown. Daiso opened its first Southern California store in Monterey Park and now operates in Lake Forest, Irvine, Santa Ana, Torrance, Buena Park, and San Diego. In Gardena, Marukai Corporation U.S.A. carries Daiso products at bargain prices. There are also five locations in the Greater Seattle Area, including the original Alderwood Mall store, Westfield Southcenter Mall in Tukwila, The Commons at Federal Way, Westlake Center and Chinatown in downtown Seattle.
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