100 Lawson Stores to Close on New Year's Day

Economy

Tokyo, Oct. 9 (Jiji Press)--Japanese convenience store chain Lawson Inc. <2651> said Wednesday that it will close around 100 outlets, less than one pct of its nationwide network of over 14,000 stores, on Jan. 1, 2020.

The closure will be carried out on a trial basis as part of work-style reform, Lawson said.

Lawson will be the first major Japanese convenience store chain to close a certain number of outlets on New Year's Day.

The move is based on a request from owners of franchised stores, Sadanobu Takemasu, Lawson president and chief executive officer, said at a press conference.

"Owners say (Lawson) doesn't need to open all stores on New Year's Day when customer traffic is very slow in Tokyo," he said.

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