FamilyMart to Allow Stores to Close Late at Night

Economy

Tokyo, Nov. 13 (Jiji Press)--Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart Co. <8028> plans to allow franchise stores to halt late-night and early-morning operations in a shift from its 24-hour operation policy, informed sources said Wednesday.

The company is considering allowing stores to decide when to close except between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., starting as early as March, the sources said. In addition, they will be allowed to halt late-night and early-morning operations every day or on Sundays.

FamilyMart will raise the amount of financial assistance to around-the-clock stores to 120,000 yen per month from 100,000 yen at present.

The company has about 16,000 stores across the country.

Japanese convenience store chains have been shifting away from the principle of across-the-board 24-hour operations as they are under fire from store owners who complain of severe working conditions amid serious labor shortages.

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