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Origins of Lawson

The company name of Lawson and its trademark white milk can against a blue background date back to 1939 in Ohio, the United States, where J. J. Lawson ran a dairy milk store. "Mr. Lawson's milk store" was locally renowned for its fresh and delicious milk and many customers came to buy milk there every morning. J. J. Lawson subsequently established Lawson Milk Co. and developed this into a chain of stores selling various commodities including daily necessities mainly in the northeast of America. The chain name "Lawson" and the milk can logo daily evoking an American dairy farm originated out of this milk trader in the United States. In 1959, Lawson Milk Co. became an affiliate of the American food giant Consolidated Foods Inc. and continued to widely expand its network of stores out of Ohio while establishing the convenience store operating system.

Opening of the First Lawson Store

Opening of the First Lawson Store Opening of the First Lawson Store

Lawson's operations in Japan began with the opening of the first Lawson store in Sakurazuka (Minami Sakurazuka in Toyonaka City, Osaka Prefecture) on June 14, 1975. At that time, Daiei, which was the parent company of Lawson, had entered into a consulting agreement with Consolidated Foods Inc. The first Lawson store in Japan was established as part of a unique franchise system based on the know-how of Lawson Milk Co. The first store sold party foods on an American theme and was very different from the Lawson stores of today. In September 1975, the first franchise store, the "Momoyama Store," was opened and this heralded the full-scale deployment of the franchise chain.

Milestones

2017 February Became a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation due to the tender offer conducted by it
February Signed Mega-franchise Contract with Save On Corp. in Gumma, Tochigi, Niigata, Saitama, and Chiba prefectures
2016 November Established Lawson Bank Preparatory Company Inc.
November Started the operation of the joint-venture company running “LAWSON POPLAR” double-brand stores with Poplar Co., Ltd.
September Established a joint-venture company with Three F Co, Ltd. and began to open “LAWSON THREE F” doubled-brand stores
May First LAWSON Store opening in Wuhan, Hubei, China
February Signed Mega-franchise Contract with Save On Corp. in Yamagata, Fukushima and Ibaraki Prefectures
2015 September UnionPay Card became available for Payment and ATM Withdrawal in Japanese Yen
April Signed a letter of intent with METRO COMMERCE Co, Ltd. to convert metro stores (Metros) to LAWSON Stores
April First store with a nursing-care consultation window opening in Saitama Prefecture
March First LAWSON Store opening in the Philippines
2014 October Acquired supermarket chain Seijo Ishii Co., Ltd.
August Acquired United Entertainment Holdings, Inc. via Lawson HMV Entertainment, Inc.
2013 November Received the 18th annual IR Grand Prix Award by the Japan Investor Relations Association
October Released "Lawson Integrated Report 2013" to ensure a better understanding of Lawson by all stakeholders
July Acquired Eisai Seikaken Co., Ltd. as subsidiary
March First store opening in Thailand
2012 July First store opening in Hawaii
June Sequential implementation of solar power generation systems
May Stores connected with CD/DVD shop ‘HMV’ opened
May Local subsidiary of a holding company to oversee business management functions and investment / license management in China - ‘Lawson China’ established
April Launched "Lawson Wi-Fi" wireless LAN service for smartphones
April Started autonomous radiation inspections at plants for manufacturing rice, bread, noodle dishes, and prepared foods
March Published "Experiences of 3-11" -a record of steps taken in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake- on the Lawson website
March Converted all station kiosks on the Tokyu Line to Lawson in phases
February Formed a business alliance with KDDI
February Became the first convenience store company to be selected for one of the "2012 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World."
February Started autonomous radiation inspections at fruit and vegetable processing and consolidating centers
February Membership of the "Ponta" common point program to which Lawson belongs exceeded 40 million
January Founded "Lawson USA Hawaii"
January Sealed a franchise contract with CVS Bay Area
2011 November Opened the first Lawson store in Dalian, China
October Transferred management rights in Shanghai Lawson (85% equity Lawson, 15% Ballian Group)
October Launched the "Radish Lawson Supermarket" service
October Started providing scholarships for the "Support Dreams Fund"
September Launched the internet shopping mall "Loppi Lawson Net Shopping Service"
September Founded Lawson HMV Entertainment, Inc.
August Launched the "L Paca" general entertainment mall service
August Opened the "Lawson Jinsekikogencho Store" for supporting marginal villages based on the small compact city
July Opened the first Lawson store in Indonesia
June Sealed a license contract with PT MIDI UTAMA INDONESIA Tbk in Indonesia
June Announced a business alliance with Yahoo Japan Corporation
May Opened the 10,000th store in Japan
April Established the "Dream Support Fund" for providing scholarships to children who suffered in the Great East Japan Earthquake
2010 December Sealed a business and capital alliance with Oricon Inc.
December Acquired HMV Japan, Inc. as a consolidated subsidiary
July Acquired Ninety-nine Plus Inc. as a total subsidiary
July Acquired Lawson Entermedia, Inc. as a total subsidiary
July Opened the first Lawson store in Chongqing
July Began selling the "Lawson Select" private brand
April The "Premium Roll Cake" won the gold prize in the 2010 Monde Selection.
March Launched the "Ponta" common point program service
2009 August Formed a business alliance with Matsumoto Kiyoshi Holdings Co., Ltd.
August Introduced electric cars to part of the marketing car fleet and installed recharging equipment in some stores
June Introduced LED lighting in all new stores opened after June.
May Merged Value Lawson, Inc. into Ninety-nine Plus Inc.
March Launched "L-Chiki (fried chicken)"
January Formed a business alliance with SAN-A Co., Ltd. in Okinawa Prefecture.
2008 December Launched service for using Lawson points at cash registers
May Deployed the "Value Line" private brand nationwide
2007 July Opened a store for supporting raising children - "Happy Lawson Yamashita-Koen Store"
March Introduced "multi-terminals" for electronic money payment in all stores
January Launched "My Lawson Point" - a non-credit point card
2006 September Became first private sector company to conclude a "voluntary agreement for environmental conservation" with the Ministry of the Environment
2005 November Sealed a business alliance with TOKYU CORPORATION
May Opened the first "Lawson Store 100" store
2004 November Received the Minister of Environment Prize for the Lawson Green Fund campaign
2003 January Established "post boxes" in Lawson stores nationwide
2002 November Opened "Onigiriya" - the new rice ball brand
June Created the "Lawson Pass" point card
2001 July Opened first "Natural Lawson" store
May Established a joint ATM management company "Lawson ATM Networks, Inc.,"
2000 July Listed shares on First Sections of Tokyo Stock Exchange and Osaka Securities Exchange
February Formed a business alliance with Mitsubishi Corporation
1998 December Acquired certification under the "ISO14001" environmental management system
February Introduced "Loppi" multimedia terminals to all stores
January Achieved sales of 1 trillion yen
1997 July Opened a store in Okinawa and realized Lawson's presence in all 47 prefectures of Japan
1996 July Opened the first overseas store in Shanghai, China
June Changed name from Daiei Convenience Systems, Co. Ltd. to Lawson, Inc.
April Launched "Lawson Ticket" sales
1995 January Made a company-wide recovery and fundraising effort in the aftermath of the Great Hanshin Earthquake
1994 March Started introducing "two-temperature zone system vehicles" to the fleet of CDC (frozen delivery center) delivery vehicles
1992 September Established the "Lawson Green Community Fund"
1991 February Started the Blue Sky Plan; appeal of "Hot Station in the Neighborhood" inside and outside of the company
February Started the "Wakadaisho" advertisement series featuring Masanobu Takashima
1989 October Started proxy reception for payments of electricity and gas fees
March Merged with Sun Chain Corporation, creating Daiei Convenience Systems Co., Ltd.
1988 September Started introducing the POS (point of sale information management) system
1986 April Launched "Kara-age-kun (fried chicken nuggets)"
1983 November Established a system for delivering rice dishes 3 times a day and daily foods 2 times a day
March Started copying and printing services
1982 September Launched "Oden" sales
March Started handling home deliveries
1980 September Made a business alliance with T.V.B Sun chain Co.,Ltd.
1979 March Opened first store under the new FC agreement
1977 November Established the first distribution center for the industry
April Started 24 hour/day operations
1975 June Launched the first original product - "Lawson plain milk"
June Opened the first Lawson store in Sakurazuka, Toyonaka-shi, Osaka
April Established Daiei Lawson Co. ,Ltd.

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