|May. 1980||JUSCO Co., Ltd. (currently AEON Co., Ltd.) establishes MINISTOP as a wholly owned subsidiary initially capitalized at ¥30,000,000.|
|Jul. 1980||MINISTOP Okurayama in Yokohama is the first store to open its doors.
Bar code order books and online ordering from mainframe computers was introduced from this very first opening.
|Apr. 1981||Holds first public bidding for franchises in the Tokyo metropolitan area.|
|Nov. 1982||Store development begins in the Tokai area.|
|May. 1985||Store network reaches 100 stores.|
|Mar. 1986||Set up MINISTOP Maintenance Center.|
Completes installation of first-generation POS system in all stores. Shifts over to EOB terminals and a display screen-based order placement system.
|Apr. 1988||Establishes a wholly owned subsidiary Network Service Inc. for strenthening the Company's physycal distribution business.|
Starts collection service for public utility fees.
|Jun. 1990||Seals Technical License Agreement on convenience store business expansion with Miwon Trading & Shipping Co., Ltd. (currently MINISTOP Korea Co., Ltd.) of South Korea. (Opens first store in November)|
|Sep. 1991||Seals Area Franchise Agreement with MINISTOP Kansai.|
|Dec. 1991||Sets up the MINISTOP Green Environment Promotion Club.
Becomes a sponsor of "Hana no Wa" Movement.
|Jul. 1993||Listed on the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Increased capital to ¥4,157,533,000.|
|Feb. 1994||Store network reaches 500 stores.|
|Mar. 1994||Seals Area Franchise Agreement with CVS Japan (Kyoto)|
|May. 1994||Seals Area Franchise Agreement with Tohoku MS Network (Miyagi prefecture)|
|Sep. 1994||Increases capital to ¥7,491,533,000.|
|Aug. 1995||Seals MINISTOP area franchise agreement for the northern Tohoku district with NBG MS Network Co., Ltd.|
|Des. 1995||Seals Area Franchise Agreement with JR Shikoku MS Network (Kagawa Prefecture)|
|Jan. 1996||Seals MINISTOP area franchise agreement with Lumax Co., Ltd.|
|Aug. 1996||Listing moves to the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.|
|Apr. 1997||Establishes MINISTOP Kinki Co., Ltd.|
|Mar. 1998||Installs dual soft serve ice cream server, paving way for sales of flavors other than vanilla.
Store network reaches 1,000 stores.
|Mar. 2000||Establishes MMH-EC Service Inc. as a joint venture with Mitsubishi Corporation and Hitachi Transport System Ltd.
Seals Area Franchise Agreement with ROBINSONS CONVENIENCE STORES Inc. of the Philippines. (Opens first store in December)
|Jun. 2000||Marks the 100th volunteer cleanup activity at Ueno Park in Tokyo.|
|Jul. 2000||Sets up online-shopping WEB-site "e-ministop"|
|Sep. 2001||Introduces the industry's first real-time integrated transport and delivery control system.|
|May. 2002||Makes the decision to donate 1% of soft served ice cream sales to the "Hana no Wa" movement.|
|Jun. 2002||Opens first on-campus store-Musashino University Store.|
|Nov. 2002||Opened Kagamiishi Parking Area Store, the first convenience store along the Tohoku Expressway.|
|Mar. 2003||Merges with MINISTOP Kinki Co., Ltd.|
|Jun. 2003||Turns Daesang Distribution & Services Co. Ltd. (currently MINISTOP Korea Co., Ltd.) of South Korea into a subsidiary.|
|Sep. 2003||Introduces Soft Serve Ice Cream Meister system.|
|Feb. 2004||Store network reached 1,500 stores.|
|Mar. 2004||Launches new franchise package type "Crealitve Lease".
Starts a "Franchise Agreement Contractor" Certification program.
|Apr. 2004||Turns JR Shikoku MS Networks Co., Ltd. into a subsidiary.|
|Jun. 2004||Participates in "CO2 Reduction-Chain of a Million People" campaign sponsored by Ministry of the Environment.|
|Aug. 2004||Merges with Shikoku MS Network Co., Ltd.
Volunteer cleanup activity at Ueno Park in Tokyo enters its 15th year.
|Dec. 2004||Begins selling local specialty products at all stores in Chiba Prefecture|
|Feb. 2005||Starts "Child Internship Program"-an educational working experience program for elementary and junior high school students.|
|Mar. 2005||Donates a part of profit made from sales of Niigata Koshihikari rice to the Chuetsu Region of Niigata Prefecture|
|May. 2005||Starts selling books on the e-ministop online shopping WEB site|
|Jun. 2005||Began handling Japan Post's "Yu-Pack".
Open first store in Tokushima Prefecture.
|Aug. 2005||Enters into the "Agreement for people having difficulty returning to their homes during disasters" with eight districts (Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Yokohama, Kawasaki, Chiba City, Saitama City).|
|Oct. 2005||Makes a full implementation of "Safety Station" program|
|Des. 2005||Starts selling cool sake made of rice, the "Kubiki non-filtered raw sake" and the "Kubiki Junmai Ginjoshu"|
|Sep. 2006||Begins the countrywide expansion for "Go En no Kidzukai" disposable chopsticks made of domestic timber.|
|Oct. 2006||Transition is made to sixth-generation staff uniforms, the first change in six years.|
|Nov. 2006||Begins expanding of electronic money.|
|Dec. 2006||Gets certified for the Privacy Mark.|
|May. 2007||Opens first store in Ehime Prefecture.
Store count reaches 3,000 stores in 27 prefectures.
|Jul. 2007||Starts the use of Suica card in 7 prefectures of Kanto region.|
|Opens two stores on the West Japan highway (Kyushu Expressway)|
|Aug. 2007||Opens a store on the Nakanihon highway (Tomei highway)|
|Sep. 2007||Donates sixty thousand yen to Kashiwazaki city as a support to victims of the earthquake in Niigata Prefecture Chuetsu-oki district|
|Mar. 2008||Debut of ÆON's electronic money "WAON."|
|Oct. 2008||Marks the 200th volunteer cleanup activity at Ueno Park in Tokyo|
|Nov. 2008||Starts selling products of the "People Tree" fairtrade in all stores.|
|Jan. 2009||Establishes Qingdao MINISTOP Co., Ltd., a joint venture with Qingdao Aeon Dongtai Co., Ltd. (Opens first store in June).|
|Installs LED lighted signs at stores in Kyoto city.|
|Mar. 2009||Presented with a letter of appreciation from the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for promoting the "Kidzukai" program|
|May. 2009||Opens the first "MINISTOP Satellite" store (a convenience store combined with drug store)|
|Oct. 2009||Starts selling coffee brewed in the store|
|Dec. 2009||Opens a store that becomes the first domestic commercial facility to get certified by FSC®.|
|Apr. 2010||Sets up "Otokuna keitai site" to promote sales by using cell phones.|
|Declarates support for Fairtrade.|
|Jul. 2010||Starts the use of public wireless LAN service of Softbank Mobile "Softbank Wi-Fi Spot"|
|Aug. 2010||Establishes a jointventure between MINISTOP, CFS Corporation, and Takiya Co. Ltd., called RECODS (opens first store in October).|
|Sep. 2010||Merges with MS Kyushu Co., Ltd.|
|Oct. 2010||Seals a Comprehensive Partnership Agreement with Saitama Prefecture|
|Nov. 2010||Changes to the M's STYLE COFFEE, a self-serve coffee brand|
|Seals a Comprehensive Partnership Agreement with Aichi Prefecture|
|Starts selling bananas that were first to get certificiated by Fairtrade in Asia, in Kanto region and northward|
|Jan. 2011||Start the use of iD card.|
|Feb. 2011||Adds a "free coffee ticket" to the Shareholders special benefit plan|
|Starts the use of QUICKPay card.|
|Starts the development of environmentally friendly stores that introduce solar power system, straight tube LED lamps and energy management system, with 100% use of domestic FSC® certified timber.|
|Mar. 2011||Renewal of the soft served ice cream vanilla for the first time in 10 years.|
|Apr. 2011||Creates official Twitter account.|
|Starts selling Fairtrade coffee in the highway-stores.|
|Sep. 2011||Number of stores reaches 4,000, including stores abroad.|
|Dec. 2011||Opens the first store in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.|
|May. 2012||Number of stores abroad outweighs the number of stores inside Japan.|
|A joint venture "RTS-MINISTOP LLP" is established in the Republic of Kazakhstan, between RTS LLC, MINISTOP Co., Ltd. and SENKO Co., Ltd. (Opens first store in January, 2013).|
|Aug. 2012||Seals Area Franchise Agreement with PT. BAHAGIA NIAGA LESTARI of the Republic of Indonesia. (Opens first store in June, 2013).|
|Mar. 2013||Implements multimedia terminal "MINISTOP Loppi".|
|Sep. 2014||Opens "cisca" as an experiment store targeted at female customers.|
|Nov. 2014||Starts a service of receiving goods purchased on the "Amazon.co.jp" at the store counter.|
|Oct. 2015||The "Hana no Wa" movement reaches its 25th anniversary with the total number of 3,370,000 flower seedlings presented to 13,229 elemntary schools.|
|Self-serve coffee brand gets renewed to "MINISTOP CAFÉ".|
|Dec. 2015||Wins the JAPAN WOOD DESIGN AWARD 2015 (a new honoring program of "Kidzukai") for constructing a store using the timber that was certified by FSC®.|
|Feb. 2016||Number of stores reaches 5,000, including stores abroad.|
|Jun. 2016||Receives the "Eruboshi" certification mark from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.|
|Mar. 2017||"TOPVALU Sandwiches" that were developed by MINISTOP get on the shelves in 4,800 stores of AEON Group.|