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 ...

Japanese convenience store chain going healthy

Oct 8, 2013

Japanese convenience store chain going healthy

by Masaaki Kameda

Lawson Inc., Japan’s second-largest convenience store chain, said Tuesday it will strengthen its health-related business as part of a midterm strategy to tap into the growing number of health-conscious customers in the aging society. “We aim to play a central role in supporting people’s ...

Attack on first-graders puts kids' safety in spotlight

Jul 5, 2013

Attack on first-graders puts kids' safety in spotlight

The knife attack last week by a man on three first-grade boys near an elementary school in Nerima Ward, Tokyo, has once again raised the question of how to keep children safe. In many communities in recent years, residents and convenience store employees have ...

Apr 23, 2013

Supermarket sales register first rebound in 13 months

Japan’s supermarket sales marked the first year-on-year rise in 13 months in March on a same-store basis, backed partly by spirited closing sales, an industry body said Monday. Total sales at 7,947 stores operated by 57 supermarket chains stood at ¥1,044.65 billion, the Japan ...