Noto Peninsula Earthquake” disrupts industries as convenience store chain Family Mart temporarily closes about 160 stores, and transportation companies like Yamato suspend deliveries to affected areas. The earthquake damages transportation infrastructure, potentially impacting supply chains, including manufacturing.

FamilyMart and other convenience store chains temporarily closed around 160 stores in response to the Noto Peninsula earthquake. The closures were due to local evacuation orders and measures to ensure employee safety. By 3 p.m. on the same day, about 56 stores had gradually resumed operations. Delivery delays were reported in the distribution of goods to the Hokuriku region.

As of 3 p.m., Seven-Eleven Japan had approximately 20 stores temporarily closed in Ishikawa and Toyama. Lawson reported 14 stores closed as of 4 p.m., with plans to resume operations gradually based on road conditions from the third day onward.

Local retailers were also impacted, with the Daimaru department store, which has stores in Kanazawa and Toyama, choosing to remain closed for the entire day on what was originally the first business day of the year. Some retail businesses are beginning to reopen. Aeon reopened all 40 of its supermarkets and grocery stores in Ishikawa, Toyama, and Niigata on the second day, implementing measures such as delayed opening times and makeshift stalls in response to the situation.

Source: Nikkei 3rd Dec 2023.