FamilyMart to Expand Test to Shorten Operating Hours


Tokyo, April 11 (Jiji Press)--Major Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart Co. has announced a plan to expand its ongoing test to shorten operating hours from 24 hours a day.

Up to 270 franchise stores in Tokyo, the northeastern prefecture of Akita and the southwestern prefecture of Nagasaki will operate for shorter hours for three to six months from June, the company said on Wednesday.

Each outlet can choose how long it will close, from several options, including between midnight and 5 a.m., and between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.

Through the trial, the unit of FamilyMart Uny Holdings Co. <8028> will analyze effects of the shorter operating hours on sales and profits, and study whether to continue its around-the-clock operation policy.

Stores in Tokyo's Chiyoda and Bunkyo wards, and Nagasaki will shorten their operations during the early hours of every Monday, while those in Tokyo's Toshima Ward and Akita will cut their operating hours every day.

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