Animal Crossing New Horizons: How To Get All Shops

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A player outside the Able Sisters and Nooks Cranny shops Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the long-awaited new game in the series. It is also the first one on the Nintendo Switch! Of course, one of the core components of any Animal Crossing game is building your town or island; and to do this you are going to need shops! Shops will let you access new furniture, tools, and outfits and help to turn your New Horizons island into a paradise.

In this guide, we've explained how to unlock each shop in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. 

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How to Unlock Nooks Cranny

A player inside the Nooks Cranny shop, with Timmy and Tommy, in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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During your second day on your island, Timmy and Tommy will be in Tom Nook's tent and will mention how they wish to open their own store. They'll need your help, though. You'll be asked to bring them the following resources to make it happen:

  • 30 Wood
  • 30 Softwood
  • 30 Hardwood
  • 30 Iron Nuggets
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After delivering the resources to the small raccoon pair, Nooks Cranny will then get constructed on your island the day after!

How to Unlock Able Sisters

A player inside the Able Sisters shop in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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When you've finally built Nooks Cranny and excitedly venture into the new store, you'll notice a familiar blue hedgehog - Mable. When speaking with her, she will mention that she wishes to have her own clothing store on the island. After this encounter, she'll visit your island occasionally to sell clothes from the Town Hall's Plaza, and if you visit her enough and purchase plenty of clothes from her, she'll finally ask to build a permanent store.

The days in which Mable will show up are random, so you'll need to have a little patience before Able Sisters can be built on your island. Luckily, to compensate for your wait, she will not need any resources from you before you construct her shop. After choosing where to place the shop, it will be open the following day for you to shop to your heart's content.

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How to Unlock The Roost

Two players inside The Roost, with Brewster, in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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The Roost is a café ran by the beloved pigeon Brewster. Players of Animal Crossing: New Horizons have waited a very long time for him to make an appearance, and he finally arrived as a part of the Version 2.0 update.

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It is currently unclear as to how he is unlocked, but we assume there will be an announcement of sorts about his arrival. After a day or two and maybe a small chat with Blathers at the museum, Brewster's café will likely open for business in the museum. We'll update this when we know more specifics!

That's all you need to know about unlocking the most favoured shops in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. You'll be able to access all your clothing, furniture, and coffee needs with ease now! If you're looking at how to make the most of your island with these unlocked, we recommend checking out how to get a perfect island and how to go about breeding flowers too!

This article was updated on 2nd November 2021 by Kelsey Raynor. Contributions from Nick Farrell.