NEW YORK Oct 2 Lawson Inc (2651.T) plans to
increase the number of Lawson Store 100 stores, which sell
items for 100 yen, by 30 percent to 1,200 by the end of fiscal
2010, according to Nikkei Business News.
A report on Nikkei's website said Lawson would merge
subsidiaries Value Lawson Inc, which operates the stores, and
Ninety-Nine Plus Inc, which runs a chain called Shop 99, in
March 2009, and all the locations would change to the Lawson
Store 100 format next September.
At the same time, Lawson will open more than 100 new
locations a year in fiscal 2009 and 2010, mainly in Tokyo,
Osaka and Nagoya areas, the report said.
(Editing by Richard Chang)