History

We pursue excellence in providing distribution and retail services that meet the changing needs of our customers by supporting customers at all stages of life.

1920s - 1960s

1920

Toshio Yoshikawa (uncle of Honorary Chairman Masatoshi Ito) opened clothing store "Yokado" in Asakusa, Tokyo.

1940

Musashino Railway (later Seibu Railway) established Musashino Department Store (later The Seibu Department Stores, Ltd.).

1958

April
Yokado Co., Ltd. (later Ito-Yokado Co., Ltd.) was established.

1961

Ito-Yokado initiated its regular chain policy.

1970s - 1980s

1973

March
Business alliance with Benimaru Shoji(later York-Benimaru Co., Ltd.),a supermarket in Fukushima Prefecture.
May
Denny's Japan Co., Ltd. was established.
November
York-Seven Co., Ltd. (later SEVEN-ELEVEN JAPAN CO., LTD.) was established.

1974

The first Seven-Eleven store was opened.

The first Denny's restaurant was opened.

1975

December
York-Mart Co., Ltd. (later York Co., Ltd.) was established.

1982

February
The Business Reform Committee of Ito-Yokado was launched.
October
Seven-Eleven Japan installed the world's largest POS system.

1990s

1991

March
Acquisition of 69.98% of shares of The Southland Corporation.

1993

November
The Seven-Eleven Green Foundation (later the Seven-Eleven Memorial Foundation) was established.

1994

March
A special subsidiary, Terube Ltd. was established.

1996

December
Chengdu Ito-Yokado Co., Ltd. was established in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.

1997

September
A joint venture company, Hua Tang Yokado Commercial Co., Ltd. was established in China.

2000s

2000

February
7dream.com was established.
August
Seven-Meal Services Co., Ltd. was established.

2001

February
Total Store Sales of Seven-Eleven Japan top the Japanese retail industry.
March
Ito-Yokado launched the IY online supermarket.
April
IY Bank Co., Ltd. (later Seven Bank, Ltd.) was established.
October
IY Card Service Co., Ltd. (later Seven Card Service Co., Ltd.) was established.

2003

June
Millennium Retail Group, consisting of Sogo Co., Ltd. and The Seibu Department Stores, was launched.
August
Seven-Eleven Japan exceeded 10,000 stores.

2004

January
SEVEN-ELEVEN (BEIJING) CO., LTD. was established.

2005

March
Mall & SC Development Inc. (later Seven & i Create Link Co., Ltd.) was established.
September
Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd. was established.
November
7-Eleven, Inc. was made a wholly owned subsidiary of Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd.

2006

June
Millennium Retailing, Inc., which operates SOGO and SEIBU Department Stores, was made a wholly owned subsidiary.
September
York-Benimaru Co., Ltd. was made a wholly owned subsidiary.

2007

January
Seven & i Food Systems Co., Ltd. was established.
March
The Loft CO., LTD. was made a wholly owned subsidiary of Millennium Retailing, Inc.
April
Proprietary electronic money service "nanaco" was introduced.
May
Seven Premium, a private brand across the Group, was launched.
July
Akachan Honpo Co., Ltd. was made a subsidiary of Ito-Yokado Co., Ltd.

2008

January
Seven & i Financial Group (later Seven Financial Services Co., Ltd.) was established.
April
SEVEN-ELEVEN (CHINA) INVESTMENT CO., LTD. was established.
July
Seven & i Net Media Co., Ltd. was established.
August
Agricultural corporation, Seven Farm Tomisato Co., Ltd. was established.

2009

January
Seven Culture Network Co., Ltd. was established.
August
Millennium Retailing, Sogo, and The Seibu Department Stores were merged to establish Sogo & Seibu Co., Ltd.
December
  • Seven Net Shopping, a general online shopping site for the Group, was launched.
  • Business and capital alliance made with PIA Corporation.

2010s

2010

March
Capital alliance with Tower Records Japan Inc.
July
Agricultural production corporation, Seven Farm Co., Ltd. was established.
December
SEVEN-ELEVEN (CHENGDU) CO., LTD. was established.

2012

July
Seven-Eleven Japan launched "Seven Easy Delivery" (Rakuraku Otodokebin) service using electric mini vehicles.

2013

July
Business and capital alliance with DAIICHI CO., LTD. a Hokkaido-based supermarket.
December
  • Business and capital alliance with Nissen Holdings Co., Ltd.
  • Ito-Yokado Co., Ltd. entered into a capital alliance with Tenmaya Store Co., Ltd., and Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd. entered into a business alliance with Tenmaya Store Co., Ltd. and Tenmaya Co., Ltd.
  • Business and capital alliance with BALS CORPORATION (later Francfranc Corporation).

2015

February
Barneys Japan Co., Ltd. was made a wholly owned subsidiary.
March
Business alliance with Kansai-based food supermarket MANDAI CO., LTD.
November
Grand opening of Omni7, the Group's comprehensive e-commerce channel.

2016

August
Nissen Holdings Co., Ltd. was made a wholly owned subsidiary.

2017

October
SEVEN-ELEVEN OKINAWA CO., LTD. was established.

2018

January
  • Seven Payment Service, Ltd. was established.
  • Seven-Eleven Japan exceeded 20,000 stores..
March
Business alliance with Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd. and with Odakyu Shoji Co., Ltd.
April
Business alliance with Izumi Co., Ltd.
July
Business alliance with Zoshinkai Holdings Inc.

2019

May
Environmental initiative "GREEN CHALLENGE 2050" was formed.
July
First Seven-Eleven store was opened in Okinawa, giving the Seven-Eleven chain a presence in every prefecture in Japan.