Animal Crossing New Horizons: How To Unlock & Upgrade Nook’s Cranny Store


In this guide, you’ll learn how to unlock and upgrade the Nook Store step by step in Animal Crossing New Horizons on Nintendo Switch.

How To Unlock Nook’s Cranny Shop?

You can unlock the Nook Shop early in Animal Crossing New Horizons. Once you arrive on the island, you will have to follow a few steps explained by Tom Nook such as preparing a welcome party or learning how to craft ACNH tools through the workbench.

Talking to Timmy in the Residents’ Office, he will then ask you for materials so that he can build his own shop with his brother Tommy. Your mission is simple, you have to bring him the following materials:

  • 30 iron nuggets
  • 30 woods
  • 30 hardwoods
  • 30 soft wood

How do I get the materials?

To harvest wood, you’ll need an axe. You’ll unlock the plan to make the axe by talking to Tom Nook and asking, “What do I have to do.” Alternatively, you can also talk to Méli who sells manufacturing plans in the Residents’ Office.  Using the axe on the trees of your island, you can harvest up to 3 logs per tree.  To unlock the shovel, you have to wait for Blathers to settle on your island, unlocking the Museum as shown in this guide:

In general, it is by going to mystery islands, via the airport, that you will find maximum resources!  Once all the materials have been collected, return to Timmy to give it to him. You will have to place the land of the Store yourself, which will then be built the next day.  The small boutique of brothers Timmy and Tommy can obviously expand in Animal Crossing New Horizons. It will then become bigger and more beautiful to offer you a larger amount of Animal Crossing items.

Find out in this guide how to access the Nook Store Upgrade on Nintendo Switch.  If you’re a fan of the Animal Crossing license, you’ll suspect that the little Nook Store won’t stay in its first stage indefinitely and will grow as you advance in the game. This is the case in New Horizons and we reveal in this guide how to improve the Timmy and Tommy Shop at its second stage. We do not yet know if the Shop will benefit from a third stage at this time.

How can I upgrade the Nook’s Cranny Shop?

Animal Crossing New Horizons: How To Unlock & Upgrade Nook’s Cranny Store

If you want your store to grow and offer more items on its shelves, you must meet three essential conditions:

  • Have unlocked the Nook Shop, the Fairy Finger Sisters and the Town Hall
  • Having spent at least 275,000 Animal Crossing bells in the Nook Shop alone
  • Playing at least 30 days

This information is not official but based on our own gaming experience. To check where you stand, you can check out two Miles Nook challenges on your Nook Phone:

  • Sorrel: This success allows you to see how many bells you have spent in total in the various stores of the game, it is impossible to know how much you spent exactly in the Nook Shop alone.
  • Daily Work: Lets you see how many active days you’ve played (time travel works)

Don’t hesitate to tell us in the comments if your conditions for unlocking the improvement of the Nook Store are different from ours. Anyway, it’s all about days spent on the game and bells spent in the store. So keep buying everything you see in the Store if you want to see it grow!

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