Several supermarket and department store chains on Monday announced plans to cooperate with planned power outages by reducing their hours of operation.
Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings said that Mitsukoshi and Isetan stores in Chiba, Tachikawa, Matsudo, Urawa, Sagamihara and Fuchu will be closed on March 14. Isetan Shinjuku and Mitsukoshi stores in Nihonbashi and Ginza will be open for business from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. J Front Retailing announced that the Daimaru store in Urawa Parco, Saitama will be closed on March 14. Takashimaya Omiya will be open for business for just an hour and 50 minutes from 10 a.m. until 11:50 a.m. The Seibu Group has also announced that it will be restricting business hours in the affected areas.
Seven & I Holdings announced that Ito Yokado supermarkets will also remain closed for the duration of the power cuts.
7-Eleven convenience stores are to remain open throughout the rolling blackouts. Seven & I Holdings is currently working on a way to preserve refrigerated goods and the company says that cash registers will continue to operate thanks to an internal battery power source.© Compiled from news reports