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1984

February Founded by Jusco Co., Ltd. (now AEON Co., Ltd.) as a company of Izakaya restaurant franchise at 1-1, Kanda Nishiki-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
March The first direct management store opened up in Takadanobaba, Shinjyuku-ku, Tokyo.
After that, test stores opened up in Kanda, Ichigaya and Toritsu Daigaku.

1986

March Started public offering of franchisee with the know-how gained from direct management store.
May The first franchise member store opened up in Togane, Chiba.

1990

November The current President Manabu Izumi became Representative Director.

1994

December The 70th branch store of "Western-style Izakaya Chimney" opened up in Yaesu, Cyuo-ku, Tokyo.

1995

January The first "Sushi Izakaya Hana no Mai"(one of our main business category now) opened up in Kyobashi , Tokyo.
February Construction of six-story company office building in 1-5-8, Kamezawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo is finished. Besides offices, a training center and a test kitchen for menu development are set up in our highly-functional headquarter.
March "Western-style Izakaya Chimney" & "Sushi Izakaya Hana no Mai" were opened at the same time within the headquarter building.
Asakusa-Kaminarimon outlet was opened with a "Sushi Take-away Corner".
May "Sushi Izakaya Hana no Mai" opened up at Kamezawa, Kyobashi, Ginza & Nihonbashi sequentially.

1997

June The first store of new business category "Isyoku Koubou Kodawariya" opened up at Tenjinbashi, Tokyo.
December The 100th store of the Chimney Group "Beer Chimney Marunouchi" serving Gotemba Kogen Beer opened up.

1998

October Started Non-Life Insurance Agent business.
November The first store of new business category "Yakiniku Viking Barbecue Beer Chimney" opened up at Koriyama, Fukushima.

1999

February The capital was increased to JPY 116 million.
March New business category "Tachinomidokoro" opened up.
June 150th outlet opened up.
December 160th outlet opened up. The first store of new business category "Entotsuya" opened up at Mizue, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo.

2000

January A new distribution system is introduced. A total system combining POS and distribution started.
February A loss reduction system started by ordering ingredients efficiently.
April Introduced a new concept of "safety, security, health" to all menu.
October The capital was increased to JPY 129 million.
December A new business category "Fusion Cuisine Restaurant Hono no Chimeny " opened up at Nakamachidori, Ueno, Taitou-ku, Tokyo.

2001

Started direct management in full scale & reforming profit structure.

January Celebration event was held for achieving 200 outelets.
March Established human resources training division to improve training programs for employees in the 21st century.
November "Hono no Chimney" & "Hana no Mai" opened up at the same time in the 5-story restaurant building arranged by our group in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka.

2002

February 210th outlet opened up.
March The first conveyor belt sushi "Katsugyo Hana no Mai" opened up in Kasai, Edogawa-ku , Tokyo.
April New category outlet "Izakaya Danran Hono" was opened.
May Compulsory acquisition of Food Safety Manager Certification & Fire Safety Certification qualification were imposed to all employees.
December Robata Izakaya "Danran" was opened.

2003

Enhancing employee training and accelerating multiple outlet openings.

March Introduced the "hometown system" for community-based store operation.
Introduced a attendances system with fingerprint authentication system.
May Introduced management controlling system for outlets.
Started awarding employee with excellent performance by overseas training program.
The capital was increased to JPY 185.25 million.
August The 100th store of "Hana no Mai" opened up in Honatsugi, Kanagawa.
October The capital was increased to JPY 237.75 million.
November Flagship outlet of "Hana no Mai" opened up in Kitasenju(Monthly sales JPY 40 million).
December A new program is introduced to support employees to be an outlet owner.

2004

January Employee training center "ABC Academy" was established.
Headquarter was relocated to reinforce its function.
20th Anniversary Fair was held.
A renewed business category "Shyoku Sai Shu Chimney" opened up.
June The "hometown system" was awarded the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Prize for the contribution to local communities.
July Public offering of franchisee was restarted and presentation meetings were held.
Return to the Chukyo area (Nagoya).
September Installed PCs in all franchisee outlets and introduced a store management system.
As a part of the hometown program, we invited local residents to a meeting for showing respect for the aged.
December A new business category "Four Seasons Hospitality, Hana no Mai"opened up in Hacchobori, Chyuo-ku, Tokyo.
"Shokuikukai (Xmas Party)" was held at Midori Kindergarten, Sumida-ku, Tokyo.

2005

February Listed stocks in JASDAQ.
The capital was increased to JPY 931 million.
March The first fast casual category outlet "Fast Gourmet" opened up in Hirai, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo.
May The Shareholder Benefit Program was introduced.
October The first new business category outlet "Aburi Izakaya Chimney" opened up in Kashiwa, Chiba.
December Announced a 1 to 2 stock split.
Entire Group's outlet totaled 300 with the opening of "Hana no Mai Osaka Dohtonbori" the 1st one in Osaka.

2006

March Brushed up "Kodawariyama" category outlets and 2 outlets opened up in Omori and Ohyama, Tokyo first time since 2002.
April Relocated the headquarter to Ryogoku railway station building.
June "Hana no Mai" category achieved a store network of 200 branches.
A new business category "Kaisen Umakamonya Hana no Mai" opened up in Kamoi, Yokohama city, Kanagawa.
Selected as a marginable stock in the JASDAQ.
September "Hana no Mai"opened up in Yokohama Nishiguchi and Chimney Group achieved a store network of 350 branches.
A new business category "Seafood Cuisine Sakanaya Dojo" opened up in Ryogoku, Sumida-ku,Tokyo.
October A new business category "Kamakura Tonkatsu Tom Sawyer"opened up in Ofuna, Kanagawa.
The 2nd distribution center was established in Kawaguchi, Saitama.

2007

March Outlets of "Hana no Mai" category achieved a store network of 250 branches.
April The Capital was increased to JPY 1.7 billion.
December A new business category "Yakitori Dojo Kodawariyama" opened up in Jimbo-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.

2008

May The 1st store in China opened up in Dalian.
  The first outlet new business category "Hormone Dojo" opened up in Mihama, Chiba.
October The first outlet new business category "Showa Kitchen 1 chome 1 banchi" opened up in Tsuzuki, Yokohama city, Kanagawa.
The first outlet new business category "Ardent Chinese Dojo" opened up in Miyamachi, Mito city, Ibaraki.
December Shares listed on the Second Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange.

2009

February The Board decided a resolution for a commemorative dividend to celebrate the 25th anniversary.
April "Oshokujidokoro Hana no Mai" opened up within The Ministry of Defense building.
May "Oshokujidokoro Azalea Flower" opened up within the Asahikawa Red Cross Hospital, Hokkaido.
July The first outlet of the new business category "Ikken Sakaba 1 chome 1 banchi" opened up in Kanda station East, Tokyo.
September "Hana no Mai"opened up in Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park and Chimney Group achieved a store network of 500 branches.
October Moved distribution center to Iwatsuki-ku, Saitama city.
Kyushu Office was opened.
November November Investment company KK FD ( Carlyle Group company) executed a tender offer of Chimney's common shares.
* Carlyle Group, Ltd. is one of the world's largest private equity investment fund management firm with a total fund of over $86 billion (2009) under management.
December KK FD acquired over 50% of voting right as a result of the tender offer to become the parent company.
Hokkaido Office was opened.

2010

April Shares were delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
May Yakitori center opened up in Hokkaido.
July The first outlet new business category "The Izakaya Ohdo" opened up in Koriyama, Fukushima.
November Delicatessen opened up in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo.

2011

April Received a Letter of Appreciation from the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for our support activity (rice donation) for restoring the 2011 earthquake damages.
June Signed up an "Agreement on support for people who are unable to return home after disasters" with 3 prefectures (Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo) and 6 cities (Yokohama, Kawasaki, Chiba, Saitama, Sagamihara).
Launched an e-commerce business on internet.
July Started lunch box catering business.
September Signed up an "Agreement on support for people who are unable to return home after disasters" in Kansai area.
October Sighed up an "Agreement on support for people who are unable to return home after disasters" in Aichi prefecture.
November Established a new fishery subsidiary company,Uosen Suisan Corporation.

2012

March A facility to support outlet operation "Chimney Back Kitchen" started operation.
April "Hana no Mai"opened up in Ueno Ekimae-doori and Chimney Group achieved a store network of 600 branches.
December Re-listed the shares on the Second Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange.

2013

February Obtained the buyer's rights in the Niigata district wholesale market.
March "Furinkazan Hana no Mai"opened up in front of Kofu railway station and achieved a store network of 700 branches.
April Established "Chubu Chimney Co., Ltd." jointly with Chubu Shiryo Co,. Ltd.
May A facility to support outlet operation "Kansai Back Kitchen" was established and started operation.
The first outlet of the new business category "Ryoma Shamo Nojo" opened up in Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo.
July Italian seafood cuisine outlet "MASUYA" opened up in Akabane, Kita-ku, Tokyo.
August Acquisition of Toyomaru and other Izakaya totaling 8 operations and 1 Ramen outlet.
The new company was named "Meccha Sakana Ga Suki Co,.Ltd."
September Obtained the buyer's rights in the Ota Fishery wholesale market in Shimane prefecture.
The first outlet of the new category "Toyomaru Suisan" opened up in front of Kofu railway station.
October Established "ABC Academy" in Sumida ku, Tokyo for educating precious employees.
* we regard our employees as the precious assets.
November Established a new distribution center in Midori-ku, Saitama city, with a space of 3 times as large as the former Kawaguchi center and started operation.
December Yamaya Corporation executed tender offer of Chimney shares and succeeded in becoming a parent company with a majority holding.

2014

January Uosen Suisan Co., Ltd. , Kurenai Foods Corp. Co., Ltd, and Meccha Sakana Ga Suki Co,.Ltd. became consolidated.
February Celebrated 30th anniversary of foundation.
March Chimney shares were assigned to the 1st section from the 2nd section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
April Opened "Oshokujidokoro Sazanka Funabashi Central Hospital" as the contract business.
June Opened "Hokkaido Uosen Suisan Chiba Station Nishiguchi" and "Kagoshima Uosen Suisan Kitasenju Higashiguchi".
Expanded business of direct procurement of foodstuff from the land of origin.
August Opened "Hokkaido Chokuso Hana no Mai Kasumigaseki Common Gate Nishikan" .
Opened "Odawara Gyokou Chokuso Hana no Mai Mizonokuchi Ekimae No.1".
October Opened "Hokkaido Hana no Mai kitasenju".
November Opened "Niigata Gyokou Chokuso Uosen Suisan Toshimaen".
Opened "Kaki Goya Toyomaru Suisan Hiroshima Hondoori".
December We hired fishermen who has earned fishery right in Ohda, Shimane. Our own ship is named "Toyomaru suisan".

2015

January 20th anniversary of our main brand store "Hana no mai".
April We worked together with experimental stock farm in Gunma and developed a new kind of chicken called "Joshu Shamo".
It is served in a new category called "Shamo Nojo".
November The first outlet of the new business category "STEAK Chimney" opened up in Kiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo.

2016

February The head office of Chimney moved to Yanagibashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo.
March Chimney subsidiary "Ohta Maket Chimney Inc." was founded.
The first outlet of the new business category "Skewers & Seasonal Food Sumibi Yakitori Sakura" opened up in Kiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo.
"Ryoma Warayaki Sakanaya Dojo in Obiya Machi, Kochi" opened up as our first store in Kochi.
April The new main store "Ryokoku Happyakuyacho, Hananomai, Edo Tokyo Museum front store" opened up with 500 seats.
There is a real Dohyo in the store supervised by Japan Sumo Association.
October The first store of the new business called " Genghis Khan, Sapporo monogatari" opened up in Mishima, Shizuoka.
Rebuilt 3 distribution centers in Saitama, Kansai Rokko and Kyushu.
Implemented mobile payment system "Alipay" and "Line pay".
November "Skewers • Seasonal vegetables, Yakitori Sakura" opened up in Tokushima Prefecture.
This is our first restaurant in Tokushima Prefecture and until then we already have restaurants in 47 prefectures.
Signed a business partnership with CSN ChihouSouseiNetwork Co.,Ltd. which is running the "Chosokusengyo®".

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