Lawson to increase outlets in China to 10,000

Major Japanese convenience store chain Lawson says it plans to increase the number of its outlets in China to 10,000 in five years. That is triple the roughly 3,300 stores it has there now.

Lawson President and CEO Takemasu Sadanobu said operating 10,000 outlets in China's gigantic market will be just a stepping stone.

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted more people in China to use convenience stores to buy food or daily necessities.

Lawson says it plans to open new stores not just in major cities but also in rural areas.