japanese food

Seijo Ishii is the jewel in Lawson’s crown. Where next for the gourmet retailer?

Lawson is one of the big guns in the Japanese convenience store channel. It boasts close to 15,000 outlets domestically, second only to 7-Eleven. Lawson has not sailed untarnished through the pandemic. Its shopper traffic dropped, it sold fewer impulse items and as a consequence the profitability in its core CVS business declined. In 2014 …

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Hamayuu is the first authentic Japanese restaurant to open in Chester, and it’s booming!

Last weekend I visited old friends in Chester, England. Chester is one of the country’s historical gems, originally settled by the Romans; an old city wall which still encircles the city, a stunning cathedral and an eclectic range of shops. This year the city welcomed its first Japanese restaurant. It’s called Hamayuu. It was impossible …

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