Howdy guys & girls, jumping in with some information about convenience stores. I am sticking with big chains as they are every where and highly recognisable. Which is your country’s main chain convenience store?
Part of the Vingroup, which highly dominates in Vietnam. Originated from Ukraine and only entered Vietnam in the year 2000.
Not to be confused with Circle K Sunkus which was renamed Family Mart. Circle K started in 1951 Texas, and after several ownerships, it landed with the Canadian multinational Alimentation Couche-Tard. Here is expanded, placing second to 711. Vietnam opened the first Circle K in 2008. There is currently over 300 stores in Ha Noi, Ha Long, Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau & Can Tho.
Founded 1990 as LG25, renamed in 2005, and a new logo from 2019. This is a Seoul born convenience store. People can send gifts to others by using the GS25 website.
Mini stop 1969
Unlike most other convenience stores in Japan, Ministop stores feature a kitchen that prepares sandwiches, snacks and take out boxes on demand, and has a seating area where customers can sit down and eat immediately. Most convenience stores in Vietnam offer hot food and a sit down area.
I find that convenience stores in Vietnam offer a lot more than that in the UK. Some comparisons can be made like: buying credit for your phone and paying electrical bills. But you can also make payments for purchases online*. For example you have booked a coach ride and don’t have a local Vietnamese bank account to make payment. You can select to pay at a convenience store. In addition, I see dining areas within the store. Access to hot water and/or microwave. They offer hot food selections, too.
*Of course limitations apply.
A lot of my research came from www.wikipedia.org , I apologise if any error has been made in retelling the information. Some information is from my personal experience thus may differ to other peoples.