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Lawson plans tenfold jump in Philippine convenience stores

Japanese chain to add 450 locations by 2024 via partnership with Ayala

Lawson currently operates about 50 locations in the Philippines.

TOKYO -- Japanese convenience store operator Lawson will expand its footprint in the Philippines to about 500 stores by 2024, a tenfold increase from the roughly 50 currently open as its pushes forward with an aggressive overseas expansion.

The expansion is being made possible through a partnership Lawson struck with local conglomerate Ayala Corp., specifically the operational tie-up with a logistics group company. Lawson is also considering collaborating with Ayala's online retail business, such as contributing convenience stores to be used as product pickup depots.

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