Major discount chain Don Quijote Holdings Co. plans to boost duty-free sales for foreign tourists in October, when consumable goods will be added to tax-free items, company officials said.
The company will create dedicated counters where visitors from other countries can complete the procedures for all duty-free purchases.
The special counters will start at the Shinjuku-Higashiguchi store in Tokyo and other outlets that tend to draw foreign tourists. While duty-free purchases will be possible at other stores, they won’t have the dedicated counters, they said.
Duty-free goods are available at more than 250 Don Quijote discount stores and other outlets operated by the company.
The paperwork needed to avoid the consumption tax is handled in the sales areas for these items, such as brand goods and electronics.
The officials said they are expecting a big increase in sales volume of tax-free goods with the Oct. 1 introduction of the special counters.
The company will also introduce a point card for foreign visitors in October and distribute them through travel agencies.
Besides Don Quijote outlets, holders can get points when they present the card at partner restaurants and shops.