Mar 13, 2015

FamilyMart in talks to buy Cocostore

FamilyMart Co. is in talks to buy Cocostore Corp., which operates convenience stores in central and western Japan, sources familiar with the matter said Friday. FamilyMart, the nation’s third-largest convenience store chain, recently announced it is negotiating with the smaller rival operating Circle K ...

FamilyMart reopening lifts spirits in irradiated town of Naraha

Jan 30, 2015

FamilyMart reopening lifts spirits in irradiated town of Naraha

FamilyMart Co. reopened a convenience store Friday in the town of Naraha, most of which remains a designated evacuation zone from the 2011 core meltdowns in Fukushima Prefecture. The store, located along a national highway on the Pacific coast, was closed after being engulfed ...

Nov 21, 2014

Seven-Eleven to go head to head with doughnut stores next year

Convenience store operator Seven-Eleven Japan Co. will take on the nation’s doughnut chains next year by selling its own brand at store counters next year, sources said. Temperature-controlled containers will be installed at the cashier counters in 17,000 stores nationwide, the sources said Thursday. ...

Aug 17, 2014

Convenience stores take new tack with tie-ups, new food offerings

Convenience store chains are launching new types of outlets to attract new customers and expand sales networks as competition increases. FamilyMart Co. is adding more outlets paired with karaoke boxes, while Three-F Co. is setting up stores specializing in foodstuffs. On Wednesday, FamilyMart opened ...

Aug 6, 2014

Lawson to buy Tokyo-based cinema complex operator

Convenience store operator Lawson Inc. announced Wednesday it will acquire United Cinemas Co., a Tokyo-based cinema complex operator, in a deal estimated at more than ¥10 billion. Lawson will buy all shares in the holding company of United Cinema from the existing shareholders, including ...

Jun 25, 2014

Winds of change in retail industry

The retail industry is entering into a period of major transformation. In addition to traditional entities such as department stores, supermarkets and convenience stores, new retail business forms are emerging, including mega shopping mall developments led by real estate companies and JR train terminals ...

Convenience stores give our nation pride

| May 10, 2014

Convenience stores give our nation pride

by Michael Hoffman

Japan’s prime minister is an unabashed patriot, as outspoken in his love for his country as in his desire to instill that love in his compatriots. Are his compatriots receptive? Opinion polls on attitudes toward pending revisions of long-standing interpretations of the pacifist Constitution, ...

Jan 6, 2014

FamilyMart profit in China spurs expansion

The Chinese operations of convenience store chain FamilyMart Co. turned a profit in the second half of 2013, President Isamu Nakayama said. The company has been curbing new store openings and putting priority on improving profitability for fiscal 2013. But Nakayama stressed in an ...