Compartment stores, consignment boxes, cubicle shops. Whatever you wish to call it, this new retail space concept is slowly creeping its way into North America after taking off successfully all throughout Hong Kong (see here & here) and in other parts of Asia. As a concept originating from Tokyo’s Akihabara shopping district, these compartment stores (the term I have chosen to use for the sake of writing this post) are stores made up of numerous small cubicles. Hopeful store owners who don’t have enough capital to set up their own shops can lease these small cubicles to display the items that they wish to sell. It’s attractive for sellers since they don’t have to spend much time or money minding a shop, while shoppers appreciate the variety and relatively lower cost items in the cubicles.
Recently opened in August, Gagoo Box brings to Toronto what compartment stores have brought to shoppers in bustling cities all across Asia – a shopping experience which closely mirrors a treasure hunt. With so many items in a single store space, who knows what interesting items you might find.
We at Vidafine have taken the opportunity to try out this retailing concept in the heart of downtown Toronto by renting out a space at Gagoo. As proud owners of a cubicle we’ve put a couple of our favourite items on display for sale. So to all our Toronto-based readers, come by and check us out. We’ll be constantly rearranging our display with new products so keep an eye out!
Updated on March 1, 2010
The Queen Street location is closed and only the Pacific Mall location is open. You may find more information on their website. (Thanks for letting us know, John!)