Seven-Eleven Japan to Test Shorter Store Hours

Economy

Tokyo, March 1 (Jiji Press)--Seven-Eleven Japan Co. will test shorter opening hours at 10 directly run convenience stores across the country from mid-March, company officials said Friday.

The major convenience store chain will conduct such a test for the first time, at a time when frustration with its principle of opening stores around the clock is growing among some franchisees.

The 10 Seven-Eleven stores, located in Tokyo and the prefectures of Miyagi, Tochigi, Chiba, Aichi, Hyogo, Fukuoka and Kumamoto, will open between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. every day in the coming months.

The Seven & i Holdings Co. <3382> unit will consider whether to permanently introduce such shorter hours after analyzing the results, including on sales, visitor numbers and logistics.

Currently, 96 pct of all Seven-Eleven stores except those within train stations, office buildings and other facilities operate 24 hours a day.

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