• Kyodo News


Luxury specialty store Wako Co. will open two flagship outlets in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district on Sundays and holidays from October, effectively abolishing nonbusiness days, in an effort to win new customers and better cater to existing shoppers, Wako’s parent firm, Seiko Holdings Corp., said Friday.

One of the outlets is the flagship clock tower building located at Ginza’s main Yonchome intersection, which has become a landmark of the shopping district. The outlet has been closed on Sundays and national holidays as nonbusiness days since it started operations in 1952.

The other outlet, the Namiki Building store which opened in January 2008 on a tree-lined avenue within walking distance of the clock tower, is also closed on Sundays and national holidays.

“Up until now our customers have understood our policy of having nonbusiness days on Sundays. From now on, we would like more customers to enjoy shopping (at our outlets),” a public relations official at Wako said.

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