FamilyMart in talks to sell all of Uny unit to Don Quijote, says report

Customers walk near a FamilyMart convenience store in Tokyo. (AFP pic)

TOKYO: FamilyMart Uny Holdings Co is considering selling the rest of its Uny general merchandise store unit to discount retailer Don Quijote Holdings Co, Nikkei Business magazine reported on Wednesday.

The Japanese convenience store operator plans to make a final decision on the sale as early as the middle of this month, the report said. It may also be considering an investment of around 20% in Don Quijote, the report said, without citing sources.

Shares in FamilyMart gained 5% and Don Quijote jumped 9.4% in Tokyo after the report.

A spokesman at FamilyMart said nothing had been decided, when asked about the report. A Don Quijote spokeswoman declined to comment.

Looking to expand but faced with a shortage of suitable suburban locations, Don Quijote, popularly known as “Donki” in Japan, last year took a 40% stake in Uny, the general merchandise store unit of FamilyMart Uny.

Don Quijote also said in August it would be interested in buying Warmart Inc’s Seiyu supermarket unit.