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Japan’s Don Quijote to add more family-style “Mega” stores

Japan’s Don Quijote Holdings Co. plans to open a series of large general merchandise stores with enhanced lineups of food products and consumable goods, said Koji Ohara, president and chief executive officer of the discount store operator, in a target shift to draw more business from families.

It believes growth will be limited if it relies only on its network of discount stores, which are aimed at young people.

The company already operates some Mega Don Quijote general merchandise stores, or hypermarkets, with larger floor space compared with regular Don Quijote discount stores – in some cases, double. The Mega stores are based on outlets of Nagasakiya Co., a supermarket chain that Don Quijote acquired in 2007.