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People waited in long lines to enter and shop at Hawaii’s first Daiso store on Dec. 12. | DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
Another Daiso store is opening in early March in the Makiki area.
The wildly popular Japanese discount retailer has secured space for its second Hawaii store at the former Piikoi Medical Clinic, on the corner of Piikoi and Young streets.
It opened its first Oahu store in mid-December at the Pearl City Shopping Center, which still had a 10-minute line for customers just to get into the door on Sunday.
“We’re very surprised. We knew the Daiso brand would be a strong brand in Hawaii, but it exceeded our expectations,” said Wayne Kamitaki, CEO of HouseMart, the parent company of Ben Franklin Crafts and Ace Hardware, which has an exclusive licensing agreement to open Daiso stores in the islands. “We’re surprised to see the traffic that store still draws two months after our grand opening. We’re very grateful for Daiso giving us the opportunity to open in Hawaii.”