Japanese dollar store MINISO opens in Vancouver
Date: July 25, 2017
Source: Urban YVR by Peter Meiszner
Japanese variety store MINISO — best described as a cross between MUJI, Daiso, UNIQLO and Dollarama — is now open on West Broadway in Vancouver.
The variety store chain was started by Japanese designer Junya Miyake and Chinese entrepreneur Ye Guo Fu in 2011, and already has over 1,800 stores worldwide. In 2015, sales revenue reached $770 million, a remarkable accomplishment for such a young retailer.
West Broadway store offers mix of Japanese-style stationery, housewares and consumer goods
The location at 1256 West Broadway in Vancouver is MINISO’s first store in Canada. A second location recently opened at Tsawwassen Mills and two more locations will open this summer, at Park Royal in West Vancouver and on Granville Street.
MINISO offers a mix of stationery, consumer goods, cosmetics, home decor, accessories and kitchenware. The store a wide range of products — everything from bluetooth speakers to men’s underwear. Most items are priced at under $5, but can range up to $30 for electronics.