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FamilyMart in Tokyo, Japan

FamilyMart (ファミリーマート Famirīmāto?) TYO: 8028 is a Japanese convenience store franchise chain first opened in Japan on September 1, 1981. FamilyMart is Japan's third largest convenience store chain, behind 7-Eleven and Lawson, and used to be the largest chain store in South Korea (now renamed to CU). FamilyMart is owned and overseen by FamilyMart Company, Limited. The main shareholder is Itochu with a stake of 35.55%[1] Its headquarters is on the 17th floor of the Sunshine60 Building in Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo.[2]

All of the usual Japanese convenience store goods such as basic grocery items, magazines, manga, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks like sake, nikuman, fried chicken, onigiri, and bento are available.

FamilyMart's official motto is "FamilyMart, Where You Are One of the Family."[3]

Growth and development[edit]

FamilyMart in Kaesong, North Korea

The first FamilyMart opened its first shop in Sayama, Saitama Prefecture in 1973.[4]

FamilyMart also has franchise stores in the Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, China (Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Suzhou), the United States and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City).[5] In addition, South Korean franchisees operate two stores in North Korea for South Korean visitors and workers in the Kaesong Industrial Region and Mount Kumgang Tourist Region. As of August 31, 2009, there are 22,444 stores worldwide, with fast growth in Asia outside of Japan. There are 9,641 stores in Japan, 7,964 stores in South Korea, 2,864 stores in Taiwan, 998 stores in China, 913 stores in Thailand, 4 stores in Vietnam, 9 stores in the USA, 8 stores in Indonesia and 52 stores in the Philippines.

Beginning in July 2005, FamilyMart began building and opening several stores in Los Angeles, California, the first of 250 planned for the United States by 2009. The North American brand name is "Famima!!".

On January 30, 2006, FamilyMart began trials of an automatic cashier station at one of its Tokyo locations in cooperation with Itochu and Toshiba. Special tags on items in the customer's shopping basket are remotely and instantly sensed at the register.

In November 2010, FamilyMart announced it would freeze the number of locations in the United States to 10 stores due to the difficult economic environment. However, operations in certain parts of Asia, especially China, continue to expand.[6]

The highest located convenience store, a FamilyMart, is located in Taipei in the skyscraper Taipei 101. It gives employees a place to shop while working.

FamilyMart was launched in the Philippines on April 7, 2013[7] under the ownership of Ayala Corporation, Rustan's Group and Itochu.[8][9] Its first Philippine branch, opened on April 22, 2013, is located at the Glorietta 3 mall in Makati.

In October 2013, FamilyMart opened its 10,000th store in Japan.[4][10]

CU (South Korea)[edit]

In June 2012, FamilyMart of South Korea, which was being run by Family Mart Corporation and BGF Retail, was renamed 'CU' as a movement of an independent brand, and to show a distinct identity. With the order coming from BGF Retail, FamilyMart announced that they were forced to leave the South Korean market, and to cease operations there. However, BGF Retail indicated a flaw in its plan, and needed FamilyMart back to partially govern over CU Stores. Therefore, CU was renamed to 'CU with FamilyMart'.[11] FamilyMart, however, has thoughts of making a return to the South Korean market in the future.[12]

The CU (Former South Korean FamilyMart Stores) has a total of 7,950 stores nationwide.[13] The motto is 'Convenience for You', which made the name 'CU'.

Solar power[edit]

FamilyMart has had solar power at some of its stores since at least 2004.[14] As of 2012 it is hoping to increase its solar energy involvement in the near future.There are around 45,000 convenience stores in Japan. Lawson run just under 10,000, a market share just behind Seven Eleven, who have about 13,000 stores. Currently, only 20 of Lawson’s stores are equipped with solar equipment but they plan to expand that number ahead of the July 1 introduction of a “feed in tariff system,” which the government and electricity companies say guarantees purchases of electricity from renewable sources such as solar or wind generators. Surplus can only be taken, though, after in-store lighting and air-conditioning has been taken care of.[15]


sponsored the company Reggina football in the championship series to and always the team amaranth in Japanese land tour in 2002 and 2003


Convenience stores are extremely popular in Taiwan. In this picture, FamilyMart is on the right, while another convenience store is right across the street.

As of May 2012, there were around 9,255 convenience stores in Taiwan, which is equivalent of one store per 2,500 people. This is the highest number per capita in the world, and the number is still rising. 7-Eleven is the most popular convenience store in Taiwan, while FamilyMart is the second. In 2012, FamilyMart has a total of 2,851 stores in Taiwan, which accepts the highest bill payments of convenience stores in Taiwan, with over 100 million bills per year.[16]


  1. ^ Change in Largest Shareholder of FamilyMart Co., Ltd, September 2009
  2. ^ "Company Information." FamilyMart. Retrieved on April 7, 2010.
  3. ^ 2014 Annual Report, Page 6. Retrieved on September 24, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "FamilyMart joins 10,000 outlets in Japan club". The Japan Times. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  5. ^ U.S. about page lists countries Family Mart operates in
  6. ^ Topham, James (November 25, 2010). "FamilyMart to stay in US, China pace picks up, Reuters UK, November 25, 2010". 
  7. ^ "FamilyMart to open store in the Philippines, FamilyMart Glorietta3 outlet ready to welcome its first customers". FamilyMart. April 5, 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  8. ^ Ayala Land, Rustan's to bring in FamilyMart to challenge 7-Eleven, MiniStop; Japan's Family Mart firms up Philippine investment (News5)
  9. ^ ファミリーマート、伊藤忠商事、AyalaグループとRustanグループの合弁会社“SIAL”の3社がフィリピンにおけるファミリーマートの展開で合弁契約を締結 (FamilyMart, Itochu, Ayala-Rustan's JV company "SIAL" join forces to launch FamilyMart in the Philippines) (FamilyMart)
  10. ^ "FamilyMart stores top 10,000 in Japan". The Japan News. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Rebranded Family Mart will CU later". 
  12. ^ "FamilyMart calling it quits in South Korea". 
  13. ^ "2013 대한민국 브랜드스타 CU, 울릉도·백령도…한국형 편의점 전국 7000개". 
  14. ^ Yuasa, Izumi "DoCoMo tower runs on wind, sunlight September 15, 2004" "The Japan Times" Retrieved on September 26, 2012
  15. ^ Tokyo Weekender Solar Convenience Stores May 9, 2012 Retrieved on September 26, 2012
  16. ^ "No simple stereotype of Taiwan’s young people". Taiwan Insights. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 

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