The most irresistible dollar store in the world, Daiso, adds a key city to its growing list of Texas locations: Fort Worth. The Japanese value chain will open a store at 8967 Tehama Ridge Pkwy., next to Guitar Center, just off I-35, in a discount-rich area that includes Sam Moon, Costco, and Ross Dress For Less.
This will be the fourth branch of Daiso to open in Texas. The first opened in Carrollton with great fanfare in August 2015. A second branch opened in Irving in November 2015; Plano just opened in late September.
Known for its $1.50 price tag on most items, Daiso carries thousands of products ranging from kitchenware, beauty supplies, stationery, wrapping paper, electronic accessories, and everyday sundries. There are unique gift items as well as a new line of greeting cards and party favors.
Its goal is to make shopping both fun and budget-friendly. It keeps its prices low via high-volume purchases, i.e. in the millions for a single product.
The Fort Worth store is aiming for a grand opening celebration beginning on November 18 at 10 am, with festivities that will include music, vendor sampling, drawings, and great shopping. The celebration will continue on November 19.
Goodie bags will be given to the first 100 customers each day, with proof of receipt. Prizes include a Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner, an iPad mini, a K-Cup brewer, $100 Visa Cards, and a $50 gas card.
Daiso also offers seasonal and holiday items, and Fort Worth's opening is just in time for the 2016 shopping season. "Every day is like Black Friday at Daiso," says a release, a clever thing to say the week before Thanksgiving.
Daiso was founded in 1977, and is currently in big expansion mode, opening at least 10 new stores globally every month. It has more than 2,800 stores in Japan and more than 600 stores in the rest of the world.
The first store in the United States opened in Seattle in 2005. There are now six stores in Washington and 41 in California. The plan is to open 50 stores in Texas, with Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston at the forefront. At least six sites are under negotiation, including one in Arlington.