History of Matsuzakaya
|1611||・Ito Genzaemon Sukemichi, a son of Ito Ranmaru Sukehiro who served Oda Nobunaga, opened a kimono fabric and fancy goods wholesale store in Honmachi, Nagoya. (Foundation of Matsuzakaya)|
|1659||・Sukemichi’s son Sukemoto opened a kimono fabric and fancy goods wholesale store in Chayamachi, Nagoya and called himself Ito Jirozaemon. (Since then the heads of the Ito family succeed to the name Jirozaemon.)|
|1736||・Ito Gofukuten changed its trade from a silk kimono fabric wholesaler to a silk and cotton kimono fabric retailer.|
|1740||・Ito Gofukuten became a kimono fabric purveyor to the Owari Tokugawa clan.|
|1745||・Kyoto Merchandising Branch opened in Muromachi Anekoji. (Newly built in Shinmachidori Rokkaku in 1749)|
|1768||・Acquired Matsuzakaya in Ueno Hirokoji and began business as“Ito Matsuzakaya.”|
|1907||・Ueno store was rebuilt into a Western-style building to display goods for sale and reorganized into “Goshi Kaisha (limited partnership) Ito Gofukuten” (capital ¥250,000) to become financially independent. Employed saleswomen.|
|1910||・Established “Kabushiki Kaisha Ito Gofukuten” with a capital of ¥500,000. Reopened Nagoya store at Sakaemachi Kado, Nagoya as the first department store in the Nagoya region.|
|1911||・Formed Ito Gofukuten Boys Music Band. (Present Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra)|
|1917||・Completed the new main building of Ueno store. (Burnt down in the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923)|
|1918||・Adopted uniforms for the first time in the department store industry. (Striped cotton kimono with a muslin sash)|
|1924||・Ginza store opened at the present location. Allowed customers to enter all floors with their shoes on for the first time in the department store industry.|
|1925||・Changed the company name to “Kabushiki Kaisha Matsuzakaya.”
・Established Seikosha Co., Ltd. (Renamed Matsuzakaya Seiko Co., Ltd. in 2005)
・Nagoya store moved to Minamiotsumachi (present location).
|1929||・Established Shoei Foods Co., Ltd.
・Rebuilt the new main building of Ueno store at the present location.
・The first elevator girls in the department store industry debuted in Ueno store.
|1930||・The basement of Ueno store was directly connected to Ueno Hirokoji station on subway Ginza line.|
|1932||・Shizuoka store opened.|
|1957||・Added a south wing to Ueno store.
・Established Matsuzakaya Kimono Museum in Kyoto.
|1962||・Established Yokohama Matsuzakaya Store.|
|1963||・Built a parking building for Ginza store. (The first Bowser elevator system in Japan)|
|1966||・Held a huge sale on live animals on the roof of Ginza store.|
|1970||・Announced a product tie-up with The Daimaru, Inc. and inaugurated the Central Buying System (CBS).|
|1971||・Established Nozawa Shoji Co., Ltd.|
|1972||・Built an annex to Ginza store and opened an underground passage leading to Ginza subway station.
・Added a north wing to Nagoya store.
・Established Chubu Matsuzakaya Store Co., Ltd. and Kanto Matsuzakaya Store Co., Ltd. (Merged into Matsuzakaya Store Co., Ltd. in 2000)
|1973||・Established Refex Japan, Inc.|
|1979||・Takatsuki store opened.|
|1991||・Nagoya store added a south wing to consist of three buildings.
・Opened “Matsuzakaya Museum” in the south wing of Nagoya store.
|1993||・Established a corporate philosophy.|
|1995||・Put up a website and opened an online shop.|
|1996||・Added a north wing to Shizuoka store.|
|1998||・Established an employee code of conduct and basic business transaction rules.|
|2000||・Developed the Matsuzakaya environment program and launched a new information system.|
|2001||・Toyota store opened.|
|2003||・Nagoya store added a new south wing to increase its floor space to the largest level in Japan (86,758 m2).|
|2004||・Introduced an executive officer system and established a management code for personal information protection.|
|2005||・Opened an official goods shop at the Exposition of Global Harmony.|
|2006||・Established a pure holding company “Matsuzakaya Holdings Co., Ltd.”|
September 3, 2007 The Daimaru, Inc. and Matsuzakaya Holdings Co., Ltd. Established a joint holding company J. Front Retailing Co., Ltd. and integrated management.