Apr 27, 2015

Tokyo Metro station stores to be made into Lawson outlets

Major convenience store operator Lawson Inc. said Monday it will conclude a franchising contract with a Tokyo Metro Co. subsidiary to convert Metro’s stores at subway stations to Lawson outlets starting this fall. The tie-up is designed to strengthen the product lineup of the ...

Convenience stores look to take bite out of doughnut market

Apr 15, 2015

Convenience stores look to take bite out of doughnut market

Major convenience store chains are stepping up their fight for a bite of the doughnut market, following Seven-Eleven Japan Co.’s pioneering move to launch the snacks last autumn. Lawson Inc. has introduced doughnuts at 600 of its domestic outlets, priced at ¥100 apiece. Heartened ...

Apr 10, 2015

Seven & I logs record-high annual profit; Aeon fares poorly

Major retailer Seven & I Holdings Co. posted a record-high group operating profit for the fourth straight year in the business year that ended in February, while Aeon Co. suffered an annual profit fall for three successive years, their earnings reports have shown. Seven ...

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 ...