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We reported recently the intentions of Brit retailer Tesco to introduce their local style supermarkets to the US. They may have a little competition, Food & Drink Europe suggests. FamilyMart,...

We reported recently the intentions of Brit retailer Tesco to introduce their local style supermarkets to the US. They may have a little competition, Food & Drink Europe suggests.

FamilyMart, a Japanese-owned supermarket chain, has already opened two premium convenience stores in California – and hopes to add another 248 by the end of 2009. The stores have been opened under the Famima!! banner and promise to offer a “community lifestyle experience” to the West Coast, offering a cross between delicatessen, quick-service restaurant and traditional convenience store:

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