Kanye West to open a convenience store?

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Kanye West has said he wants to “create the convenience (store) of the future”. The US music star, and husband of Kim Kardashian, made the announcement on Twitter on Thursday.

He also sent a team to Japan to bring back samples of goods on sale in Japanese convenience stores.

Many in the convenience industry consider Japan to be a world leader. It has more than 50,000 convenience stores – known as konbini – across the country.

“When you’re creating the convenience of the future and you send the team to Japan for research,” tweeted Mr West. He accompanied the tweet with a series of colourful photos.

Kanye West’s team brought back a huge haul of goods from Japan. They included nail clippers, floss picks, eyedrops, razors, bandages, combs, soap, tweezers, toothpaste, lightbulbs, packing tape, combination locks, lollies, drinks, batteries, earbuds, phone chargers, boxer shorts and a vast range of rubber gloves.

In Japan, competition between convenience operators, which include 7-Eleven, Family Mart and Lawson, is notoriously fierce. Most stores are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Kanye West has yet to reveal any more details about his plans to create the convenience store of the future.