A retailer is expanding with a new store at Meadowhall in Sheffield – and this is what customers can expect

A retailer that sells Japanese-inspired homewares, kitchenware, stationery and accessories is opening a new shop at Meadowhall.

Kenji, which is taking up premises on The Arcade in the Sheffield shopping mall, has been established in the UK since 2014.

The company’s first store was in Bury, Greater Manchester, and it currently has four outlets in the North with three new branches opening this autumn.

Its stock includes items such as pencil cases, toys, backpacks and lunchboxes, grouped in various themes such as the Shiba Inu range, based on a popular breed of Japanese dog.

Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield. Picture: Chris Etchells.Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield. Picture: Chris Etchells.
Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield. Picture: Chris Etchells.

The Sheffield launch will create 20 jobs, the business has said. Its other new sites will be at Liverpool ONE and Manchester's Arndale Centre – all are ‘concept stores’, featuring a food hall and a mini arcade.

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"A new feature that will be introduced is the chance for local small business owners and makers to feature and sell their products in our store," a spokeswoman said.

"As a retail chain with stationery and plushies as our best sellers, our new store will also include new features such as a first-of-its-kind Kenji plushie claw machine.”

Kenji's plushie collection. Picture: Kenji.Kenji's plushie collection. Picture: Kenji.
Kenji's plushie collection. Picture: Kenji.

The Manchester-based retailer aims to open 200 stores in the UK by 2025. Presently it only sells online to wholesale customers.

The firm's head of operation, Derek Yong, said: “Kenji aims to disrupt the way retail is traditionally experienced by curating an immersive retail space, allowing customers to explore not just the products but the story behind it, and bring back the excitement to shopping which was once the defining feature of the high street.”

Kenji is expected to officially open at Meadowhall in mid-October.

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Lucky Cat pens from Kenji. Picture: Kenji.Lucky Cat pens from Kenji. Picture: Kenji.
Lucky Cat pens from Kenji. Picture: Kenji.