FamilyMart to Allow Stores to Operate for Shorter Hours

Economy

Tokyo, Nov. 14 (Jiji Press)--Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart Co. <8028> said Thursday that it will allow franchise stores to operate for shorter hours in a shift from its 24-hour operation policy amid a serious labor shortage.

The company will revise the terms of franchise contracts to allow stores to halt late-night operations, starting in March next year. The new initiative will cover about 15,000 stores, or almost all the firm's franchisees across the country.

Franchise stores will be allowed to close except between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. after consultation with the company. They will be given a choice to close late at night every day or on Sundays.

FamilyMart will raise the monthly financial assistance to stores operating around-the-clock from 100,000 yen to 120,000 yen. It will also offer aid to stores operating for shorter hours only on Sundays.

The convenience store chain will also boost support for franchisees operating multiple stores, and will shoulder a greater amount of losses stemming from food waste.

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