Mitsukoshi
Mitsukoshi, Ltd.
株式会社三越
Type Subsidiary
Industry Retail
Founded 1673, Edo Honmachi (Nihonbashi Hongokuchō, Chūō, Tokyo), Japan
Founder(s) Mitsui Takatoshi
Headquarters 1-4-1 Nihonbashi-Muromachi, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan
Parent Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. (100%)
Website mitsukoshi.co.jp (Japanese)
The Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Nihonbashi section of Tokyo
Utagawa Hiroshige printed an Ukiyoe with Mt. Fuji and Echigoya as landmarks. Echigoya is the former name of Mitsukoshi named after the former province of Echigo. The Mitsukoshi headquarters are located on the left side of the street.
Nihonbashi main branch
Mitsukoshi Gofukuten (kimono shop) postcard pre-1914

Mitsukoshi, Ltd. (株式会社三越 Kabushiki-gaisha Mitsukoshi?) (TYO: 2779 unlisted on March 26, 2008) is an international department store chain with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Mitsukoshi Ltd. has amalgamated with Isetan Co.,Ltd ,and changed company name to Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd.

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History

It was founded in 1673 with the yagō (shop name) Echigoya (越後屋), selling kimonos. Ten years later in 1683, Echigoya took a new approach to marketing. Instead of selling by going door-to-door, they set up a store where buyers could purchase goods on the spot with cash. Mitsukoshimae Station on the Tokyo Metro is named after the adjacent Mitsukoshi department store. Mitsukoshi is the root of Mitsui group.

In the 1970's, Mitsukoshi bought the Oriental Nakamura department store in Nagoya and re-branded them as Mitsukoshi Nagoya.

In August 2007, it was announced that Mitsukoshi would merge into Isetan, a major department store in Japan.[1] On April 1, 2008, Mitsukoshi and Isetan were merged under a joint holding company called Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. (TYO: 3099).

Stores

Japan

In Japan, there are a number of stores.

  • These stores are managed by Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd.
    • Nihonbashi Main Branch (Chūō Ward) 日本橋本店(東京都中央区日本橋室町)
    • Ginza Mitsukoshi (Chūō Ward) 銀座三越(東京都中央区)
    • Ebisu Mitsukoshi (Shibuya Ward) 恵比寿三越(東京都渋谷区)
    • Tama Center Mitsukoshi (Tama City) 多摩センター三越(東京都多摩市)
    • Chiba Mitsukoshi (Chūō-ku, Chiba) 千葉三越(千葉市中央区)
  • These stores are managed by another Companies.
    • Sapporo Store (Chūō-ku, Sapporo) 札幌店(札幌市中央区)-Sapporo Mitsukoshi Ltd.
    • Sendai Store (Aoba-ku, Sendai) 仙台店(仙台市青葉区)-Sendai Mitsukoshi Ltd.
    • Nagoya Sakae Main Branch (Naka-ku, Nagoya) 名古屋栄本店(名古屋市中区)-Nagoya Mitsukoshi Ltd.
    • Hoshigaoka Mitsukoshi (Chikusa-ku, Nagoya) 星ヶ丘三越(名古屋市千種区)-Nagoya Mitsukoshi Ltd.
    • Niigata Mitsukoshi (Nishibori-dōri) 新潟三越(新潟市西堀通)-Niigata Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd.
    • JR Osaka Isetan Mitsukoshi (Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka) JR大阪三越伊勢丹(大阪市北区梅田)
    • Hiroshima Mitsukoshi (Naka-ku, Hiroshima) 広島三越(広島市中区)-Hiroshima Mitsukoshi Ltd.
    • Takamatsu Mitsukoshi (高松三越)-Takamatsu Mitsukoshi Ltd.
    • Matsuyama Mitsukoshi (松山三越)Matsuyama Mitsukoshi Ltd.
    • Fukuoka Mitsukoshi (Chūō-ku, Fukuoka) 福岡三越(福岡市中央区)-Iwataya Mitsukoshi Ltd.
  • Closed Stores in Japan
    • Shinjuku Mitsukoshi ALCOTT (Shinjuku) 新宿三越アルコット(東京都新宿区)
    • Ikebukuro Mitsukoshi (Toshima) 池袋三越(東京都豊島区)- closed May 2009 [2]
    • Musashimurayama Mitsukoshi (Mushashimurayama) 武蔵村山三越(東京都武蔵村山市)-CLOSED
    • Kagoshima Mitsukoshi (鹿児島三越)-CLOSED

Taiwan

  • Taipei City:
    • Nanjing Road Store, with three buildings (1館, 2館, and 3館)
    • Xinyi New Life Square (信義新天地): 4 buildings (A4, A8, A9, and A11館)
    • Taipei Main Station Store (台北站前店)
    • Tianmu Store
  • Taoyuan:
  • Hsinchu:
    • Chunghwa Road Store (中華店)
  • Taichung:
    • Zhonggang Road Store (中港店)
  • Chiayi:
    • Chuiyang Road Store (垂楊店)
  • Tainan:
    • Zhongshan Road Store (中山店)
    • Ximen Road Store (西門店)
  • Kaohsiung:
    • Sanduo Shopping District Store (三多店)
    • Zuoying District Store (左營店)

The stores in Taiwan are named Shin Kong-Mitsukoshi (新光三越), a collaboration between the Shin Kong Group (新光; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Sin-kong) and Mitsukoshi.

China

Mitsukoshi Hong Kong opened in 1981. It was first located at 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay. In June 2006, Mitsukoshi Ltd. announced the closure of its Hong Kong store on 17 September, 2006 due to the redevelopment of Hennessy Centre. The store was scheduled to relocate to another location in 2009, but Hong Kong Mitsukoshi has yet to re-open as of the end of 2010.[citation needed]

Korea

In 1930, Mitsukoshi opened their department store (京城三越) in downtown Seoul. After the liberation of Korea and the defeat of Japan in 1945, Samsung took over this store and was renamed Shinsegae (신세계; Shinsege; lit. New World).

Europe

Italy

  • Rome (Via Nazionale)

United Kingdom

The three German stores of Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich as well as the Milan shop closed in 2008 and 2009, the Paris shop closed in 2010 (and the Paris cultural center in 2011).[2][3]

North America

References

  1. ^ http://www.mitsukoshi.co.jp/pc/corp/pdf/0070823.pdf 株式会社伊勢丹と株式会社三越との共同持株会社設立による 経営統合に関するお知らせ August 23, 2007 (in Japanese)
  2. ^ a b http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/h.php?news=mitsukoshi-to-close-six-stores-2008-09-26 Mitsukoshi to close six stores
  3. ^ a b http://www.mitsukoshi.co.jp/store/world.html (in Japanese, translation) lists only the London and Roma store remaining in Europe. It lists the Shanghai store.
  4. ^ Mitsukoshi Cultural Representative Program http://www.tcw.jp/disney/en/index.html

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