History

History of the Yoshinoya Holdings Group

The value we deliver through our particular focus on taste since our founding, as well as Yoshinoya’s evolution, has been well-received by people across borders and generations.
Through the development of multiple branches while utilizing knowhow from all Group companies, we will create employment not only in Japan but also in local regions and spread the taste of convenient Japanese cuisine to the world.

Yoshinoya Holdings

History of the Yoshinoya Holdings

YOSHINOYA HOLDINGS

Yoshinoya Holdings

Established in 1899 Established in 1899
1899
The family-run store Yoshinoya opens in the fish market in Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
1958
Mizuho Matsuda succeeds his father as president and establishes YOSHINOYA CO., LTD. with capital of ¥1 million in order to pursue the beef bowl restaurant business. (Dec. 27)
1973
YOSHINOYA USA, INK. is established in Denver, Colorado, in order to procure beef.
1977
YOSHINOYA WEST INC. is established in the U.S.
1980
YOSHINOYA CO., LTD. files for corporate reorganization proceedings.
1983
The reorganization plan is approved. Saison Group invests in YOSHINOYA CO., LTD. and YOSHINOYA CO., LTD. relaunches its business operations with capital of ¥500 million.
1987
Repayment of reorganization claims amounting to ¥10 billion is completed earlier than the initial plan.
TAIWAN YOSHINOYA CO., LTD. a joint venture, is established.
1988
YOSHINOYA CO., LTD. merges with D&C Co., Ltd. the operator of Dunkin Donuts Japan, and the corporate name is changed to YOSHINOYA D&C CO., LTD.
1990
YOSHINOYA D&C CO., LTD. stock is approved by the Japan Securities Dealers Association for over-the-counter trading.
1996
The number of Yoshinoya restaurants in Japan reaches 500.
1998
YOSHINOYA D&C CO., LTD. withdraws from the Dunkin Donuts business. Planned openings of Yoshinoya restaurants in Japan are completed.
2000
YOSHINOYA D&C CO., LTD. stock is listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
KYOTARU CO., LTD. becomes a consolidated subsidiary.
2001
The total number of Yoshinoya restaurants in Japan and overseas reaches 1,000.
2004
A ban on imports of U.S. beef to Japan causes a temporary suspension of gyudon sales.
The number of Yoshinoya restaurants in Japan tops 1,000.
2005
KYUSHU YOSHINOYA CO., LTD. becomes a subsidiary.
2006
Hanamaru, Inc. becomes a consolidated subsidiary.
Gyudon sales are relaunched in Japan upon the resumption of imports of US beef.
2008
Don Co., Ltd. becomes a consolidated subsidiary (company name changed to "ARCMEAL Co., Ltd." in 2015).
2010
Shanghai Yoshinoya and Hanamaru open stores at Shanghai Expo.
2011
Opened Yoshinoya in Bangkok, Thailand.
Establishment of the Group Product Division
2012
Topped 500 overseas Yoshinoya restaurant locations.
2014
ASIA YOSHINOYA INTERNATIONAL SDN.BHD. is established to supervise the business
operations in countries in ASEAN region.
2015
YOSHINOYA China Holdings Co., Ltd. is established to supervise the business operations in CHINA region.
Kyotaru open store at Milan Expo.
2016
YOSHINOYA HOLDINGS GROUP reaches 3,000 stores in Japan and overseas.
Establishment of the Group Administration Division
Establishment of the Group Finance and Accounting Division
Close

Yoshinoya

History of the Yoshinoya

Yoshinoya

Yoshinoya

Established in 1899 Established in 1899
1899
The family-run store Yoshinoya opens in the fish market in Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
1926
Yoshinoya moves to Tsukiji to coincide with the relocation of the fish market from Nihonbashi to Tsukiji
1958
Mizuho Matsuda succeeds his father as president and establishes YOSHINOYA CO., LTD. with capital of ¥1 million in order to pursue the beef bowl restaurant business. (Dec. 27)
1968
Shop opening in Shinbashi, aiming to become a domestic chain
1991
Launch of “Tokumori” beef bowl (Extra-large beef bowl)
1993
YOSHINOYA CO., LTD. establishes a new subsidiary (Hokkaido Yoshinoya).
1996
Establishment of 500th store
1997
YOSHINOYA CO., LTD. establishes a new subsidiary (Okinawa Yoshinoya).
1998
Planned openings of Yoshinoya restaurants in Japan are completed.
2001
The total number of Yoshinoya restaurants in Japan and overseas reaches 1,000.
2004
Prohibition of beef imports from the U.S.; cancellation of beef bowl sales
2006
Ban on beef imports lifted; subsequent return of beef bowl sales
2007
YOSHINOYA CO., LTD. establishes a new subsidiary (Shikoku Yoshinoya).
2009
YOSHINOYA CO., LTD. establishes a new subsidiary (Nakanihon Yoshinoya).
2010
YOSHINOYA CO., LTD. establishes a new subsidiary (Kitanihon Yoshinoya).
2013
YOSHINOYA CO., LTD. establishes a new subsidiary (Nishinihon Yoshinoya).
Sale of beef sukiyaki set
2015
YOSHINOYA CO., LTD. establishes a new subsidiary(Kansai Yoshinoya).
Sale of barley rice set with grated yam and beef
2017
Release of “Salacia beef,” the first food with Functional Claims labeling by a restaurant chain
Close

Hanamaru

History of the Hanamaru

Hanamaru

Hanamaru

Established in 2000 Established in 2000
2000
Opening of first Hanamaru in Takamatsu
2004
Operation of largest domestic plant in Shizuoka
2006
Joined Yoshinoya Holdings Group
2013
Introduction of Hanamaru’s dietary fiber noodles into all shops
2016
Reform and automation of the noodle production line of the Chiba plant
Close

Arcmeal

History of the Arcmeal

Arcmeal

Arcmeal

Established in 1970 Established in 1970
1970
Opening of first Volks
1976
Opening of first Steak-no-Don
1990
Opening of first shabu-shabu Don-tei
2008
Joined Yoshinoya Holdings Group
2011
Opening of first Volks in Taiwan
2015
Opening of first Don-tei in Taiwan
Close

Kyotaru

History of the Kyotaru

Kyotaru

Kyotaru

Established in 1932 Established in 1932
1932
Started as a Japanese cuisine restaurant in Kyoto
1951
Invention of “chakinzushi,” sushi wrapped in thin omelette
1970
Participation in Osaka Expo ‘70
1984
Listing on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange
1997
KYOTARU CO., LTD. files for corporate reorganization proceedings Opening of conveyor belt sushi shop “Kaisen Misakiko” in Meguro
2000
Joined Yoshinoya Holdings Group
2001
Opening of standing sushi shop “Sushi Misakimaru” in Koiwa
2002
Completion of corporate reorganization proceedings
2005
Listing on JASDAQ
2011
Delisting
2015
Exhibition at the Expo 2015 Milan
2016
Expansion of the rice-cooking line at the Funabashi plant
Close