Corporate Information

Company History

1990

May

Opened the first directly operated BOOKOFF store in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture

Opened the first directly operated BOOKOFF store in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture

1991

Aug

Established BOOKOFF CORPORATION LIMITED

Oct

Launched BOOKOFF franchise chain business in Japan

Nov

The first BOOKOFF franchise store opened

1994

Aug

Opened Sagamihara Tana Product Center (merged with the Tomei Yokohama Logistics Center in May 2007)

1996

Dec

Began handling used home electronics as a HARD OFF franchisee

 

Opened Seminar House (training center)

1998

Jul

Moved head office to current location

Sep

Opened Sagamihara Central Product Center (merged with the Tomei Yokohama Logistics Center in May 2007)

1999

Apr

Began handling used children’s goods

2000

Jan

Began handling used sports and outdoor goods

Feb

Opened BOOKOFF's first overseas store

Apr

Began handling used jewelry and watches

 

Began handling used clothing items

Sep

Joined TSUTAYA as a franchisee for video rentals

Dec

Opened the first Chuko-Gekijo (comprehensive, large-format reuse store) (currently BOOKOFF SUPER BAZAAR)

2001

Sep

Began handling used tableware and other used miscellaneous items

2004

Mar

Listed on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange

Jun

Opened the first BOOKOFF store in France handling Japanese cultural products

2005

Mar

Listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange

2007

Apr

Began handling used plastic models and figurines and other used hobby items

May

Opened Tomei Yokohama Logistics Center

Aug

Opened BOOKOFF Online (E-commerce site)

Sep

Opened the first BOOKOFF store in France handling local books, CDs and DVDs

2008

Sep

Merged YCC Ltd. as a wholly owned subsidiary (absorbed by subsidiary BOOKOFF Media, Inc. via merger in April 2010)

Nov

Established Aoyama Book Center Ltd. by acquiring the operation of Aoyama Book Center and Ryusui Shobo (absorbed by subsidiary Brass Media Corporation, Ltd. via merger in April 2012)

2009

Sep

Opened the first BOOKOFF SUPER BAZAAR (comprehensive, large-format reuse store)

2010

Oct

Established B-Assist, Inc. (designated as a special subsidiary company in December 2010)

2011

Dec

Began handling used mobile phones

2012

Sep

Published “Be Picture Book” as BOOKOFF Group’s first private-label brand

2013

Jan

Acquired a portion of the shares of franchisee BOOKOFF With Co., Ltd., making it a subsidiary

Apr

Established hugall, Inc.

2014

Apr

Established a capital and business alliance with Yahoo Japan Corporation

May

Established Reuse Connect Co., Ltd. (a wholly owned subsidiary) for operation of BOOKOFF stores in Japan

Oct

31 TSUTAYA transferred to newly spun-off subsidiary Brass Media Corporation, with 80% of shares transferred to NIPPON SHUPPAN HANBAI INC.
(The remaining 20% of the shares were transferred to NIPPON SHUPPAN HANBAI INC. in March 2015, and the company was removed from BOOKOFF CORPORATION’s scope of equity method accounting.)

2015

Mar

Canceled HARD OFF franchising agreement with HARD OFF CORPORATION Co., Ltd.

May

Acquired all shares of franchisee Booklet Co., Ltd., making it a wholly owned subsidiary

 

Established BOOKOFF OKINAWA, inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary) for further operation of BOOKOFF stores in Japan

2016

Jan

Acquired all shares of Booklog, Inc., making it a wholly owned subsidiary, for the purpose of operating a community book review website in Japan

Jul

Acquired capital stake in and made subsidiary of BOK MARKETING SDN BHD, established by KOIKE MALAYSIA SDN BHD based on triparty agreement by shareholders of BOOKOFF CORPORATION, KOIKE CORPORATION LIMITED, and KOIKE MALAYSIA SDN BHD, for the purpose of operating reuse shops in Malaysia

Nov

BOK MARKETING SDN BHD opened reuse shop Jalan Jalan Japan in One City Sky Park mall in Malaysia

2017

Apr

Acquired all shares of franchisee Manas Co., Ltd., making it a wholly owned subsidiary

2018

Mar

hugall, Inc. merged with BOOKOFF Online, Inc., with BOOKOFF Online, Inc. as the surviving entity

Oct

Established BOOKOFF GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED as pure holding company (wholly owning parent company) via an independent share transfer from BOOKOFF CORPORATION LIMITED, which became a wholly owned subsidiary

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