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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 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."[citation needed]

Growth and development[edit]

FamilyMart in Kaesong, North Korea

The first FamilyMart opened its first shop in Sayama, Saitama Prefecture in 1973.[3]

FamilyMart also has franchise stores in Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, China (Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Suzhou), United States and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City [4]). 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 9 stores in 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.[5]

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[6] under the ownership of Ayala Corporation, Rustan's Group and Itochu.[7][8] 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.[3][9]

CU (South Korea)[edit]

In June of 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'.[10] FamilyMart, however, has thoughts of making a return to the South Korean market in the future.[11]

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

Solar power[edit]

Family Mart has had solar power at some of its stores since at least 2004.[12] 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.[13]

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External links[edit]

Official Website (Japanese)