Due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection and the demand for nesting, drugstores nationwide are increasing sales according to estimates by industry groups, and each company is activating the movement to strengthen sales such as expanding 24-hour business and handling fresh food. I am.

Of these, Welcia Holdings has increased the number of stores that are open 24 hours a day by about 10% over the past year, and plans to increase the number of such stores in the future, appealing to consumers that they can buy medicines even at midnight.

On the other hand, Tsuruha Holdings is strengthening fresh foods that drugstores have not dealt with so far.

In December of last year, we opened a new meat and vegetable section at a store in Chiba City to meet the diverse needs of consumers.

Hideki Yoita, manager of Tsuruha Drug Oyuminominami, said, "We want to meet the growing needs of food and enable consumers to complete the necessary shopping in one place."

According to the Japan Chain Drugstore Association, sales of drugstores nationwide last year = estimated to exceed 8 trillion yen in 2020, 4.6% higher than the previous year, exceeding the market size of department stores in front of Corona. As a result, there are active movements among drugstores to strengthen sales in order to further expand business performance.