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FRANCHISING | Staff Reporter, Japan

Domino's Japan sales soar 42.6% as COVID-19 fuels delivery demand

It also outperformed other markets in terms of new store openings.

Domino’s in Japan was a standout performer for the pizza chain during the latter half of last year, as the coronavirus pandemic fuels demand for food delivery services.

According to parent company Domino’s Pizza Enterprises, its Japanese business saw total network sales soared by 42.6% in the six months ending December 2020, with earnings having more than doubled to ¥4.2 billion (approx. US$39 million).

Japan also accounted for 68 of the group’s 131 organic new stores, outperforming other markets.

Domino’s Japan president and CEO Josh Kilimnik said the financial results relied on “exceptional” operations, as team members delivered on a “proven” strategic plan.

“Our team members have redefined what Domino’s High Volume Mentality (HVM) means for this market, consistently serving record customer numbers with delivery times among the world’s best and safety always front of mind,” he said.

Kilimnik added that Domino’s Japan achieved some weeks and months of “unexpected, additional” demand when the country entered a nationwide state of emergency” last April.

Looking forward, the 742-strong chain expects to open new stores in more prefectures.

“We have no intention of slowing our plans to open more kitchens, closer to customers, and expect our business to be significantly more substantial after this pandemic than when we entered it,” he added.

Photo credit: Domino’s Japan Facebook

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