The Jakarta Post
The alcohol sales ban at minimarkets and a low profit margin are likely the main causes behind the planned permanent closure of 7-Eleven convenience stores in Indonesia, a business group leader has said.
Publicly listed PT Modern Internasional, the operator of 7-Eleven convenience stores in the country, has recently announced that it would close down all of its outlets starting on June 30 after a major potential investor decided to drop plans to acquire the company’s retail business.
“I heard that the alcohol ban has contributed to the drop [in sales] as they started to lose one of their competitive advantages compared to other [convenience stores],” Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) chairman Hariyadi Sukamdani said on Monday.
He said that the retail business was very tight in terms of competition and had a rather slight margin, although 7-Eleven had a “good” initial concept by providing space for visitors to gather, just like cafes or restaurants.
Earlier this month, Modern Internasional announced that an anticipated deal worth Rp 1 trillion (US$75.08 million) between its subsidiary PT Modern Sevel Indonesia and PT Charoen Pokphand Restu Indonesia (CPRI) – part of publicly listed poultry firm PT Charoen Pokphand Indonesia – had been canceled.
Alcohol contributed roughly 10 percent to the total sales of 7-Eleven stores, Modern Internasional director Henri Honoris once said.
He considered the alcohol sale ban as detrimental to business and has been forced to close down 25 underperforming 7-Eleven stores this year alone. (tas)