Seven-Eleven plans 1,500 new stores

Kyodo

Major convenience store chain Seven-Eleven Japan Co. plans to open 1,500 new stores in Japan in the year through February 2014, more than the 1,350 stores planned for the current business year, sources said Monday.

The retailer had about 14,200 stores nationwide as of the end of June and the number is expected to exceed 15,600 in February 2014, even after the number of closed stores is subtracted.

Aside from urban regions such as Tokyo and Osaka Prefecture, it will add outlets in areas where it has little presence, including in Kagoshima Prefecture, where it had 61 outlets as of June 30 and plans to run about 200 by February 2014, and Akita Prefecture, where it opened its first three outlets in May and plans to have about 100 by February 2015, the sources said.

Seven-Eleven Japan is also considering opening its first stores in Aomori and Shikoku.