In the delightful world of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Nook’s Cranny plays a crucial role as the central hub for all your buying and selling needs. From the humble beginnings of your island life, unlocking and upgrading this essential store will pave the way for a more vibrant and prosperous island community. This comprehensive guide will walk you through every step and detail needed to unlock, upgrade, and fully utilize Nook’s Cranny Shop in ACNH.


How To Unlock Nook’s Cranny Shop In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

In order to unlock the shop, you need to pay off your initial island getaway package bill. Use the 5,000 Nook Miles to do that. Once that is done, you have to talk to Tom Nook and upgrade your tent to a house.

Once your house is complete, go to the Resident Services and find Tom. He will be talking to Timmy about setting up the shop. When speaking to Timmy, he will ask you for help in setting up the shop. You will need to bring him 30 wood, Hardwood and Iron Nuggets.

You will need to chop down trees and get the iron nuggets from the rocks on the island. This can take some time. You can also use the Nook Miles to visit random islands to get more resources.

Give the resources to Timmy and he will give you a building plot for the shop. You can place it somewhere. After a day of building the Nook’s Cranny shop will be available to you in the game.

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Required Materials

  • Wood: 30 pieces
  • Hardwood: 30 pieces
  • Softwood: 30 pieces
  • Iron Nugget: 30 pieces


  1. Request for Your Tent to be Built into a House:
    • Start by upgrading your tent to a house, which will trigger new events and opportunities on your island.
  2. Wait for Your House to be Built:
    • Your house will be ready the next day, marking a significant step towards unlocking Nook’s Cranny.
  3. Head to Resident Services:
    • Visit Resident Services to initiate the process of unlocking the shop.
  4. Advance Through Events:
    • Engage with Tom Nook and Timmy, following their guidance and completing the tasks they assign.
  5. Collect the Needed Materials:
    • Gather 30 pieces each of Wood, Hardwood, Softwood, and Iron Nuggets.
  6. Decide Where to Build Nook’s Cranny:
    • Choose a suitable location on your island for Nook’s Cranny, ensuring it’s easily accessible for all residents.

How to Upgrade Nook’s Cranny

You need to do a lot of spending at the store in order to upgrade it. You may also need to upgrade the Resident Services to a building. Roughly, you will need to spend around 200,000 Bells bells in order to trigger the upgrade. There are different parameters that can trigger the upgrade. So do keep that in mind. You can check out our bells farming guide to get that many bells.

Lastly, the shop must be operational for at least 30 in-game days.

How To Move Nook’s Cranny In ACNH

Moving Nook’s Cranny is a straightforward process that allows you to optimize the layout of your island for better accessibility and aesthetics. Here’s how you can go about it:

Start by having a chat with Tom Nook at Resident Services. Express your interest in moving the buildings on your island. Navigate the conversation towards infrastructure, highlighting your focus on Nook’s Cranny.

From the list of buildings, choose Nook’s Cranny as your priority for relocation. Tom Nook will hand over a moving kit, a crucial tool for the relocation process. Scout your island for the perfect spot. Place the moving kit at the desired location and envision the new setup.

Confirm the new location, and voila! The next day, Nook’s Cranny will stand tall at its new location, ready to serve all your buying and selling needs. Keep in mind, this relocation will set you back by 50,000 Bells. Plan accordingly to ensure smooth transition without any financial hiccups.

Take your time to choose the new location, ensuring it aligns with your island layout and provides convenience to all residents.

What Can You Do at Nook’s Cranny

Animal Crossings’ Nook’s Cranny is not just a regular store; it’s a hub of opportunities and a gateway to enhancing your island life. Here’s a breakdown of what you can do at Nook’s Cranny:


  • Daily Goods: Find everyday items that are essential for your island life.
  • Exclusive Items: Discover unique and rare items that add a touch of elegance to your island.


  • Unload Unwanted Items: Sell off items you no longer need and earn some extra Bells.
  • Turn a Profit: Keep an eye on the prices and sell items at a profit, especially turnips.

Turnip Prices

  • Daily Changes: The prices for turnips change daily, offering you a chance to make a hefty profit.
  • Invest Wisely: Buy low and sell high to maximize your earnings from turnip trading.

Hot Item of the Day

  • Double Profits: Each day, a specific item is labeled as the hot item, selling for double the price.
  • Craft and Sell: Craft the hot item of the day and sell it for a significant profit.

Seasonal Items

  • Limited-Time Offers: Grab seasonal items that are available for a limited time.
  • Enhance Island Aesthetics: Use seasonal items to decorate your island and celebrate various occasions.

That is all for our Nook’s Cranny Animal Crossing: New Horizons Guide. If you are interested in learning more about the game then you can check out our guides hub.