One of the largest $2 shops on the Coast has opened on Whangaparāoa Road, near Subway.
The Living & Party Shop is in a former bedding showroom and covers 310 square metres.
It offers customers a huge range of party and dress-up supplies, as well as stationery, crafts, art supplies, greeting cards and toys. There are also shelves of Christmas decorations and stocking fillers, gardening and DIY supplies, wool, children’s bags, cake-making accessories and gift-wrapping paper.
The store stocks a full range of phone covers and accessories for Samsung, iPhone and universal phones including USB cables, earphones and chargers.
The owners, Inseon and Yejeong Kim, are no strangers to running a variety store. They have run similar businesses in Dunedin, Masterton, Otorohanga and Te Awamutu.
“We are here for the convenience of people, which is why we carry such a wide range of items,” Inseon says.
Originally from Korea, Inseon and Yejeong moved to New Zealand in 1995. They have two daughters living in Australia and a son studying statistics and computer science at Auckland University.
After selling the Dunedin shop earlier this year, they thought it might be time to retire and play more golf. But the opportunity to open the Whangaparāoa shop has put those plans on hold.