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S. Korean Convenience Store Operator BGF Retail Taps Mongolia

S. Korean Convenience Store Operator BGF Retail Taps Mongolia

SEOUL, April 17 (Korea Bizwire) — BGF Retail Co., the operator of South Korea’s largest convenience store chain CU, said it signed a franchise deal with a Mongolian company on Tuesday, as the firm moves to accelerate its global drive amid fierce domestic competition. Under the agreement, local retailer Central Express will take charge of [...]

S. Korea’s Convenience Store Industry Nears Saturation

S. Korea’s Convenience Store Industry Nears Saturation

SEOUL, Apr. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — When Chung Sung-yeop opened a franchise convenience store in a commercial district of northern Seoul in 2015, there was one competing store within a 1-kilometer radius. Since then, three more convenience stores have opened within easy reach of his outlet, squeezing profits and hurting sales. “Literally, the convenience store [...]

Franchise Convenience Store Owners Work Crippling Hours Year-Round

Franchise Convenience Store Owners Work Crippling Hours Year-Round

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – A study conducted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government into the working conditions of franchise convenience store owners has found that almost 40 percent are not able to take even a single day off work each year. Including 951 owners, the study revealed that average working hour totals were extreme. [...]

Convenience Stores Branching Out into Cosmetics, Pet Products

Convenience Stores Branching Out into Cosmetics, Pet Products

SEOUL, Feb. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean convenience stores are branching out into new fields as sales of cosmetics and pet products continue to increase. Nearly 95 percent of the products sold at convenience stores are food and beverages, according to industry sources, but an increasing number of convenience store chains are expanding their offerings [...]

S. Korean Retailers Rev Up Efforts to Expand Presence in Middle East

S. Korean Retailers Rev Up Efforts to Expand Presence in Middle East

SEOUL, Nov. 24 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean companies are pushing to expand their presence in the Middle Eastern market after suffering backlash from a diplomatic row between Seoul and Beijing over a U.S. missile defense system here, industry watchers said Friday. Earlier in the day, the Korea Federation of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) [...]

Convenience Stores Decry Credit Card Fees on Cigarettes, Plastic Bags

Convenience Stores Decry Credit Card Fees on Cigarettes, Plastic Bags

SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Korea Bizwire) – A collective of convenience store owners will file a class action lawsuit against the government to demand the repayment of five years’ worth of credit card fees on cigarettes and plastic bag sales. The collective’s leader, Kye Sang Hyuk, shared with media outlets on September 14 that preliminary discussions [...]