This month, CNN’s special series ‘Road to ASEAN’ returns with a journey to one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia, the Philippines. Despite the positive commercial developments, the country has one of the lowest numbers of convenience stories per capita in the region – with more than 30,000 people per convenience store versus Thailand’s 5,000 per store. Seeing a huge business opportunity, Japanese convenience store chains such as FamilyMart and newcomer brands such as Lawson are aggressively expanding across the Philippines.

With Lawson aiming to spend a quarter billion US dollars across ASEAN and to open 500 stores in the Philippines by 2020, CNN takes a look at the company’s expansion plans in the archipelago.

Airtimes for the next episode: Hong Kong, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore and Taipei
‘Road to ASEAN’ airs on Monday, December 5 at 8:00 HKT and on Tuesday, December 6 at 19:00 and 21:00 HKT.

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CNN’s ‘Road to ASEAN’ explores the 10 countries that make up the ASEAN powerhouse over 10 months. CNN takes a comprehensive look at the region, the people, the culture, the leading thinkers and businesses, and the game changers. CNN uncovers the ASEAN opportunity, the prospects for growth, the challenges and the impact ASEAN and its individual members are making on a global scale.

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