News Release Lawson Opens First Japanese Convenience Store in Northeastern China by Establishing Joint Venture in Dalian City

NEWS RELEASE

TOKYO, JAPAN, 11 18, 2011

LAWSON INC. (based in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo; President & CEO, Takeshi Niinami) established a joint-venture company, DALIAN LAWSON COMPANY LIMITED, with a local partner in Dalian City, China on September 15. The first store in Dalian City is scheduled to open in November 23. and it is first Japanese convenience store in Northeast China.

Lawson has made preparations to enter Dalian as its third city for business operations in China, after Shanghai and Chongqing. The first Dalian store will open in Dalian Software Park within the Dalian High-Tech Zone, which is being developed by inviting domestic and overseas value-added software enterprises. It is scheduled to open 30 stores during 2012, with a further milestone of 150-200 stores mostly in major districts of Dalian within the next five years.

Dalian City is the largest seaport in Northeast China, with a population of six million, and has a historically strong relationship with Japanese companies serving as their base for overseas development. Dalian is also a vibrant, advanced, affluent city. Lawson will open the first Japanese convenience store in Dalian City. Lawson was strongly encouraged by the Dalian City Government, which aims to improve citizens lives and modernize its retail industry, to establish operations in Dalian.

Through these business operations, Lawson aims to enhance the LAWSON brand value in Dalian City, affluent market and help spur its store development throughout China.

<Outline of DAILIAN LAWSONCOMPANY LIMITED>

Company name:

DALIAN LAWSON COMPANY LIMITED

Business Activities:

Development and management of LAWSON convenience stores in Dalian City

Established:

September 15, 2011

Address:

25 Floor, Wanke Building, 67 Tongxing Road, Zhongshan District, Dalian City

Capital:

22 million yuan

Shareholders:

LAWSON, INC. (95%), Dalian Acasia Fast Foods Co. (5%)

General Manager:

Matonobu Miyake

Chief Executive Officer:

Masaru Kishino

Financial year closing:

December

<Outline of First Store>

Store name:

LAWSON Software Park Store

Address:

201D1, 16 Bldg, 269 Wuyi Rd. Sahekou District, Dalian City

Operating hours:

24 hours

Store space:

303 square meters

Type of operation:

Directly-managed

<LAWSON Store Openings in China>

February 1996

Established a joint venture, SHANGHAI HUALIAN LAWSON CO., LTD.

July 1996

Opened China's first convenience store in GuBei Area, Shanghai

April 2010

Established Lawson's wholly owned company CHONGQING LAWSON CO., LTD.

July 2010

Opened inland China's first Japanese convenience store named "Hai Wang Xin store"in Chongqing

October 2011

305 stores operating in Shanghai, 27 stores operating in Chongqing.

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