Seven-Eleven Japan Offers to Accept End of 24-Hour Operation

Economy

Tokyo, July 11 (Jiji Press)--Convenience store chain Seven-Eleven Japan Co. has offered to accept the end of 24-hour operation at a franchisee in Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture, company officials said Thursday.

The franchiser's regional manager handed a document on contract changes allowing shorter opening hours to Mitoshi Matsumoto, the owner of the Higashiosaka store, on Thursday, the officials said.

An official of Seven-Eleven Japan parent Seven & i Holdings Co. <3382> explained that the offer was made to avoid an undesirable situation in which the store is continuing to operate shorter hours in violation of its franchising contract.

The official stressed that the group has not changed its standards on allowing shorter opening hours.

In February, the Higashiosaka store ceased to operate around the clock, citing manpower shortages. Currently, the store is closed between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.

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