Ministops will soon become 7-Elevens, according to Korea Seven.
Korea Seven's subsidiary Lotte CVS was given the final nod to go ahead with the acquisition of Ministop Korea by the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) on Tuesday.
7-Eleven is testing a delivery robot.
Korean households are about to get free money from the government in the form of 250,000 won ($214) emergency relief grants -- and retailers are hoping to pull a lot of it into their cash registers.
Convenience stores are rapidly expanding deliveries to better compete with online shopping.
Convenience stores are trying to position themselves as more affordable alternatives to the big discount supermarkets, selling low-cost house-brand items including ramyeon and microwaveable rice.
According to 7-Eleven, its plastic bags only take 180 days to decompose in landfills. They will be used in all of its branches across the country starting in mid-July and will cost 100 won (9 cents).
Convenience stores have started stocking more fresh vegetables since the pandemic forced people to spend more time at home -- and made them a profit center.
These days, you can buy almost anything at a convenience store, even a house.
Convenience store chains are strengthening eco-friendly initiatives in the new year as the demand for disposable goods has declined in recent years with rising environmental consciousness.