Taipei shoppers wait for hours to enter new DON DON DONKI store

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Japanese discount chain DON DON DONKI, which opened its first store in Taiwan on Tuesday, has seen long lines of people ready to shop. 

According to Chinese-language media, the first store in Taipei’s Ximending District is open 24 hours a day but it took an average of 3-4 hours to enter the shop on opening day. 

The three-story store sells various products from Japan, including cosmetics, home appliances, snacks and drinks, household goods, seafood, and meat.  (NOWnews)

The three-story store sells various products from Japan, including cosmetics, home appliances, snacks and drinks, household goods, seafood, and meat.  

In addition, there is a food court outside the mall, where you can find grilled sweet potatoes, yakitori, fried noodles and bread, and more. 

DON DON DONKI sells fruits imported from Japan. (NOWnews)

DON DON DONKI has branches in Japan, Hawaii, California, and the Asia Pacific region.  The brand has continued to expand its stores in Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong in recent years.  

The first store in Taiwan features products from Japan that Taiwanese customers haven’t seen before, Mitsuyoshi Takeuchi said, head of the Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau business for Pan Pacific International Holdings Corp, the parent company of the Don Quijote chain.  

In line with COVID-19 protective measures, the Taipei store will maintain a maximum capacity of 350 people. 

DON DON DONKI sells seafood imported from Japan. (NOWnews)

Given the cold weather, the number of people lining up outside the store is limited to 250 people. When the queue exceeds 250 people, a bracelet will be issued to allow you to enter at a scheduled time.