Kansai people have a reputation for finding hot deals and striking quick bargains. So it’s not a surprise to find that a whole class of business or wholesale supermarkets are thriving in the region.
Called “gyomu super” (業務スーパー) in Japanese these outlets sell more foreign sourced products that many mainstream Japanese supermarketchains and their retailing style is old style bulk displays in large boxes rather than neatly merchandised aisles with not a price ticker out of place.
But given the growing divide in Japan between the “haves” and the “have nots”, business is booming. The shopper profile skews heavily to those on a budget and for whom time is of the essence.
Kobe Bussan, a major importer, is a leading player and sells directly to its fully owned and franchised store base which now exceeds over 600 outlets.
Exigo Marketing (S) Pte Ltd is registered in Singapore company number 200606723W
20-19-1, Imamiya 3 chome, Minoh-shi, Osaka, 562-0033, Japan