Seven-Eleven Japan Starts Test for Shorter Store Hours

Economy

Tokyo, March 22 (Jiji Press)--Seven-Eleven Japan Co. has launched a pilot program to shorten opening hours at some of its directly run outlets across the country in order to consider whether to revise its policy of operating stores 24 hours a day.

The major convenience store chain operator, a unit of Seven & i Holdings Co. <3382>, set three opening hours--from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., 6 a.m. to midnight, and 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. the following day--in the program to be carried out over a few months.

An outlet in Tokyo's Adachi Ward closed at 1 a.m. on Friday.

A 26-year-old civil servant who came to the outlet to buy alcohol said, "I'm sad because I thought the store is open 24 hours a day." He added that he will go to a different store from now.

On Friday, the outlet opened at 5 a.m. after cleanup.

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