Konbiniya Japan Centre to open new Kerrisdale location soon

Feb 14 2023, 8:01 pm

A “konbini” is a Japanese convenience store, but with significant upgrades compared to what we’re used to in North America.

Know for being open 24/7 and offering delicious pre-made meals and snacks, as well as providing additional services like ATMs, bill payments, free WiFi, and printers, the konbini (which can be found in nearly every corner of the country) exists to make life in Japan a little easier.

To say we’re jealous of such a system is an understatement (the onigiri and bento at these places are apparently legendary), but one Vancouver spot is carrying on the tradition and bringing some of these Japanese goods to our own city.

Konbiniya Japan Centre, named for the stores after which it’s modeled, is located in downtown Vancouver at 1238 Robson Street.

This spot carries everything from hand-made onigiri to tins of ceremonial matcha to take-home soba soup kits. Konbiniya also carries plenty of other Japanese grocery goods, like bags of rice, furikake, tofu, and more.


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Now, the beloved local spot has set its sights on a second Vancouver location, this time in Kerrisdale.

Konbiniya shared on its Instagram account that the second store is officially in the works and will be located at 2307 W 41st Avenue, the former location of the grocery store West Wood Organics.

The convenience store says that an “opening date will be announced shortly,” so stay tuned for more information on when we can expect this spot to open up.

In the meantime, you’ll the Robson Street location open from Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 11 pm and on Fridays and Saturdays until midnight.

Konbiniya Japan Centre – Kerrisdale

Address: 2307 W 41st Avenue


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