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History of Matsuya

1869 Tokube Furuya opened the Tsuruya Gofuku Store in Ishikawa-cho, Yokohama City (November 3) 1889 the Matsuya Gofuku Store located at Imagawa-bashi
1880 Furuya-gumi was formed, and regulations were established From around this time, classes on sewing methods began as part of employee training (Trends: Western-style clothing, shawls, black collars for kimonos, and bangs)
1889 Acquired the Matsuya Gofuku Store located at Imagawa-bashi, Kandakajicho
1890 Opened the Imagawa-bashi Matsuya Gofuku Store (expansion of business into Tokyo)
1901 Imagawa-bashi Matsuya Gofuku Store was renovated and had showcases installed
(Trends: Western-style parasols for men, inverness coats, panama hats, low pompadours for women)
1902 Annual salary system was changed to a monthly salary system
1906 First female employee was employed
1907 trademarks were abolished, and the shokaku mark was introduced
Imagawa-bashi Matsuya Gofuku Store was expanded to a three-story Western-style building, and it became the first real department store in Tokyo, as well as the first to use the term "XX day" to indicate "bargain days"
1908 Started sales of New Year's grab bags
1910 Opened a three-story Western-style building for the Yokohama Tsuruya Gofuku Store
1911 Tohachi Furuya succeeded Tokube's name (Tokube Furuya II)
1913 Established a Gofuku sewing division in the Imagawa-bashi Matsuya Gofuku Store
(predecessor of the present-day Shotoku Gakuen Tokyo Fashion Institute)
1925 Ginza Store opend
1918 Imagawa-bashi Matsuya Gofuku Store started selling custom-made Western-style clothing
1919 "Matsuya Tsuruya Gofuku Store Co., Ltd." was established
First president: Tokube Furuya II
1923 (The Great Kanto Earthquake)
Major store facilities including the Ginza building, which was just leased the previous year, burned down in the disaster, and employees were temporarily laid off
1924 Opened the Tsuruya Gofuku Store at Yoshida-bashi, Isezaki-cho, Yokohama
Imagawa-bashi Matsuya Gofuku Store opened in a new building
Business name was changed to Matsuya Gofuku Store Co., Ltd.
1925 Ginza Store opened at Ginza 3-chome (May 1)
Tradition of requiring customers to remove their footwear at the store entrance was abolished
First department store to introduce a cafeteria-style dining area, tourist bureau, lifelike dolls by artist Kamehachi Yasumoto, etc.
"The crowd of people looking at the lifelike dolls at the Matsuya Gofuku Store was like a wall."
(Quoted from "Danchotei Nichijo," the diary of the writer Kafu Nagai)
(Department stores became popular with the general public)
1926 Flagship store moved to Ginza 3-chome, Kyobashi-ku, Tokyo City
1927 Ginza Annex opened at Ginza 4-chome (Appearance of the "mobo" modern boy and "moga" modern girl)
1929 Ryuko Fudoson was enshrined on the rooftop of the Ginza Flagship Store
1930 Yoshida-bashi Yokohama Store opened in a new building
(former Tsuruya Gofuku Store was renamed to Matsuya Gofuku Store)
1931 Asakusa Store opened and started sales (November 1)
Rooftop sports land was the first to use the term "land"
1934 Tsuruya Co., Ltd. was established at Isezaki-cho, Yokohama
(Later the company changed its name to Kotobuki Department Store Co., Ltd.)
1936 Sohachi Furuya became president
1937 Touei Co., Ltd. was established
Yujiro Furuya succeeded Tokube's name (Tokube Furuya III)
1938 Tokube Furuya III became president
1941 (Outbreak of the Pacific War)
1942 Completed registration of the ownership transfer of the Ginza Flagship Store building and land
1944 Kotobuki Department Store Co., Ltd. opened as our company's Yokohama location
1945 (The Great Tokyo Air Raid; end of the war)
1946 Entire Ginza Flagship Store and Yokohama Store were taken over and occupied by the U.S. military's GHQ (general headquarters) as a PX (postal exchange), and the sales space at the Asakusa Store significantly decreased due to damage from the war
(Promulgation of the Constitution of Japan)
1948 Business name was changed to "Matsuya Co., Ltd."
1951 Establishment of the incorporated educational corporation Shotoku Gakuen was approved
1952 Land at Kanda Imagawa-bashi was sold
Occupation of the Ginza Flagship Store ended
1953 All Ginza Flagship Store buildings reopened
Occupation of the Yokohama Store ended
All Yokohama Store buildings reopened
All-Matsuya Labor Association was formed
1954 Instituted a non-working day every Thursday
1955 Issued the first installment of the in-house magazine "Matsuya Tsuho"
Good Design area was established in the Ginza Flagship Store
1956 Mizuho Co., Ltd. (predecessor of A Table Matsuya Holdings) was established
An "aerial" escalator was completed at the Ginza Flagship Store
1957 Matsuya-dori street was completed
1960 Opening of a children's zoo on the rooftop of Asakusa Store
1961 Shobisha Co., Ltd. was established (predecessor of CBK Co., Ltd.)
A fossil of a snail (Bellerophon) from 200 million years ago was discovered in the flooring stone at the front entrance on the ground floor of Ginza Flagship Store
1964 Ginza Flagship Store was expanded and reopened (the size of the entire 3-chome block)
(Tokaido Shinkansen started running; theTokyo Olympic Games)
1969 Matsuya's 100th anniversary
1970 Funabashi Matsuya Co., Ltd. opened
1971 Capital was increased to 1,920,000,000 yen
Matsuya's shares were listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange
Ginza Core opened
1973 "ECHO" sponsored by Matsuya and "11-Store Association" sponsored by Isetan were merged to form ADO
1974 Ryutaro Furuya became president and Tokube Furuya became chairman
Funabashi Matsuya Co., Ltd. was closed
1976 No dividends were paid
Yokohama Store was closed
1977 Matsuya Labor Association adopted a full union shop system
1978 New CI (corporate identity) was introduced
Shokaku mark was abolished, and the current logo was introduced
Ginza Flagship Store's first renewal complete (second and third renewal to follow)
Appeal was made to reinvent the Matsuya brand
1979 Kan Yamanaka became president
1980 "Global Matsuya" plan was formulated
1981 Resumption of dividends
Tokube Furuya III received the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star
1982 Matsuya employee stock-ownership plan was established
1983 Concept of "Multi-specialized large-scale store"
1984 60th anniversary of the Ginza store
"Lifestyle creation group" was adopted as the corporate philosophy of the Matsuya Group
(Department store wars began in the Ginza/Yurakucho area)
1986 Increased the dividend payment
M and A Co., Ltd. was established Matsuya Client Stock Ownership Association was established
Shares issued at the market price
Capital was increased to 4,470,000,000 yen
1987 Tokyo Daijingu Matsuya Salon opened
Dollar-denominated bonds with warrants were issued
1988 Regular non-working day changed from Thursday to Tuesday ("Hanamoku," literally "flower Thursday," won the Silver Prize in Japan's "Keywords-of-the-Year" contest that year) Tokyo Lifestyle Research Center was established
1989 Ginza Flagship Store fully introduced the sophisticated mark
Store concept: "Lifestyle design department store"
120th anniversary of Matsuya
Katsuhiko Furuya became president
(3% consumption tax was introduced)
1990 Scandex Co., Ltd. was established
Specialized shop business started
1992 Chung Yo Department Store opened in Taichung City, Taiwan, through the provision of Matsuya's know-how
Matsuya Tomonokai Co., Ltd. was established
1994 President Katsuhiko Furuya received the National Order of Merit from the French government
1996 Convertible bonds were issued
1997 Matsuya website was launched
(Consumption tax was increased to 5%)
1998 LG Department Store in Guri, Korea, opened through the provision of Matsuya's know-how
MG Merchandise Test Center was established
1999 President Katsuhiko Furuya received the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, Knight 1st Class
Acquired Old Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Ginza-dori branch site, and the entire Ginza-dori side of Ginza 3-chome became the site of the Matsuya Ginza Flagship Store
2001 Grand opening renewal of the Ginza Flagship Store complete, with of the slogan, "Matsuya, a source of fashion and information"
CI (corporate identity) color was changed from blue to white
Core Pacific City Living Mall opened in Taipei City, Taiwan, through the provision of Matsuya's know-how
2002 Ginza L newly opened in the Ginza Flagship Store
2003 Kokichi Furuya became president, and Katsuhiko Furuya became chairman
Through the loan of the Matsuya trademark and provision of know-how, the Hsinchu Windy City
Matsuya Department Store opened in Hsinchu City, Taiwan
Matsuya's point-card system was established
2005 New customer analysis system was introduced
Restaurants in Ginza Flagship Store were renovated
Ginza Beauty opened
2006 A Table Matsuya Co., Ltd. was divested and transferred to a holding company comprising
A Table Matsuya Holdings and six other entities
Earthquake-resistance construction work on the outer wall of Ginza Flagship Store was completed, and the storefront was renovated
Through the loan of the Matsuya trademark and provision of know-how, the Nice Matsuya
Department Store opened in Chiayi City, Taiwan
2007 Enoteca Pinchiorri opened on the 42nd floor of the Nagoya Midland Square building
Greenification plan for the Ginza Flagship Store rooftop
Masaki Akita became president
2008 CBK Co., Ltd. absorbed M and A Co., Ltd.
Executive officer system was introduced
Ittala Ginza, the first standalone Ittala shop in Japan, opened
2009 140th anniversary of Matsuya
Started renovating the Ginza Flagship Store 2nd floor into an international miscellaneous goods floor
2010 No dividends were paid
Store concept: "Ginza Specialty Store"
Basement floor, 1st floor and 3rd floor in the Asakusa Store opened to customers
Petit Petit Marche opened in Ginza Inz
2011 Complete renewal of the Ginza Store Design Collection
Ginza Fashion Week, the first joint event with Ginza Mitsukoshi, was held
(Great East Japan Earthquake)
2012 Sora-to-niwa Ginza, the first Internet radio station in a department store, opened on the rooftop of Ginza Store
Official Facebook page (Matsuya Ginza Gourmet) was created
Matsuya Tokyo Marunouchi opened in the Tokyo Station Hotel
(Tokyo Skytree was completed)
2013 Tokyo Lifestyle Research Center was liquidated
Beer & BBQ & Bar Terrace @888, "a beer garden that made guests more beautiful," opened on the rooftop of the Ginza Store
Ginza Store grand renewal
100th anniversary of Tokyo Fashion Institute
First ever ice rink in a department store opened on the rooftop of the Ginza Store
2014 (Consumption tax was increased to 8%)
Ginza Food Stage on the 1st and 2nd basement floors in the Ginza Store was renovated
Resumption of dividends
Newly established a duty-free counter on the 1st basement floor of the Ginza Store
"tab Mall" opened
LIEU DE VINTAGE Mejiro opened
2015 First female director was appointed
Men's apparel floor in the Ginza Store was renovated

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