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Welcia revamping distribution with 2,000 drugstores in mind

Welcia plans to add new drugstores and expand its product lineup.

TOKYO -- Welcia Holdings is enlarging and upgrading its distribution centers as the Japanese drugstore operator aims to open more locations and offer a wider range of goods.

Competition with convenience stores has cut into the business of drugstores, slowing growth to a crawl. Yet the battle among leading drugstore operators to open more outlets is as fierce as ever.

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