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.
Feb. 1987

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.
Feb. 1990

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.
Jun. 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 "" 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.
Sep. 2017 100 stores in Japan obtain "ZEB Ready" or higher level certification
Jan. 2018 Opens a store that reused the domestic material certified by FSC®
Becomes the first convenience store chain to sell a product (Temaki onigiri with red salmon) that uses ingredients certified by MSC. (Certain stores in Tokyo, Chiba and Ibaraki Prefectures start selling the product)