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From Establishment~1999

1962 April Our predecessor company, Kotobuki Foods Ltd. is founded
1969 July Restructured from a private limited company to a joint-stock company, Kotobuki Foods Co., Ltd..
1970 July First "Skylark" restaurant (Kunitachi store) opened in Fuchu-shi, Tokyo.
1974 November Trade name changed from Kotobuki Foods Co., Ltd. to Skylark Co., Ltd..
1977 December Central Kitchen Higashimatsuyama Factory (currently Higashimatsuyama Merchandising Center) established in Higashimatsuyama-shi, Saitama.
1978 July Registered as over-the-counter issues with Japan Securities Dealers Association.
1979 August First "Tomato and Onion"restaurant (Sogyo store) opens.
December Kansai Distribution Center opens in Nishinomiya-shi, Hyogo.
1980 April First "Jonathan" restaurant (Nerima Takamatsu store) opens.
1982 January First Taiwan FC opened as franchise (currently Taiwan Skylark Co., Ltd.).
August Listed in the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
1983 November First "Aiya" restaurant (Yono Bypass store) opens .
1984 June Designated to the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
1985 October Subsidiary Japan Cargo Co., Ltd. founded.
1986 April First "Bamiyan"restaurant (Tsurukawa store) opens.
1987 March Kansai Factory (currently Nishinomiya Merchandising Center) established in Nishinomiya-shi, Hyogo
October Subsidiary company managing french cuisine restaurants, FLO Japon Co., Ltd. is founded.
December NILAX Inc. is established under joint venture with Shin-Nittetsu Group
1988 April Aiya Akishima Fresh Center (currently Akishima Merchandising Center) is established in Akishima-shi, Tokyo.
May Maebashi factory established in Maebashi-shi, Gunma.
1991 May Bamiyan Fujioka factory (currently Fujioka Merchandising Center) is established in Fujioka-shi, Gunma.
1992 March First "Gusto" restaurant (Kodaira store) opens.
May Shisuii factory (currently Shisui Merchandising Center) is established in Inbagun, Chiba.
1994 January First "Yumean" restaurant (Shinyurigaoka store) opens.
1998 March Kanagawa factory (currently Sagamihara Merchandising Center) is established in Sagamiharashi, Kanagawa.
April Subsidiary company that manages store maintenance, Japan C&C Co., Ltd. (currently Skylark D&M Co., Ltd.) is founded.
June "Room Service" starts in Gusto Kodaira Megurita restaurant.
December First "Jyu-Jyu Karubi" restaurant (Itami Horiike store) opens.
1999 June First "Totoyamichi" (Nerima Kasugacho store) opens.


2001 January First "S Gusto"(Akasaka store) opens.
March First "Grazie Gardens"(Omiya Owada store) opens.
May Gifu factory (currently Gifu Merchandising Center) is established in Kanigun, Gifu.
November Kitakyushu factory (currently Kitakyushu Merchandising Center) is established in Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka.
December First "Gusto" restaurant opens in Okinawa (Gusto Naha Shintoshin store). The group has succeeded in opening restaurants in all 47 prefectures in Japan.
2003 April NILAX Inc. made into wholly owned subsidiary.
May Sendai factory (currently Sendai Merchandising Center) is established in Kurokawagun, Miyagi.
November "Gusto" restaurant opens its 1000th store in Teramachi, Hachioji
2006 March Tomato and Associates Co., Ltd. is made subsidiary.
June Takeover bid (MBO) for Skylark Co., Ltd. is announced.
September Skylark delisted from the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange
2007 May First "Shabuyo"(Yokohama store) opens.
2008 August Makoto Tani is appointed President & Chief Executive Officer
2009 October "Skylark" restaurants completely close (Last restaurant to close: Kawaguchi Shingo store)
2010 March First "Steak Gusto"(Yamato store) opens.
2013 January Ralph Alvarez becomes Director and Chairman
2014 October Skylark listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
2015 March First "MUSASHINO MORI COFFEE"(Mutsukawa store) opens.
April First "Miwami"restaurant (LaLaPort Fujimi store) opens.
April First "chawan" restaurant opens in LaLaPort Tokyo Bay.
May First "Syabuyo" restaurant opens in Taiwan.
September First "Yumean Shokudo" restaurant (Chofu store) opens.
2016 January Shift to Holding Company system
June First "Tonkaratei" restaurant (Souka Yanagishima store) opens.
August First "Katsukyu" restaurant (Yamato Tsuruma store) opens.
2017 June First "La Ohana" restaurant (Yokohama Honmoku store) opens.

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Origin of Brand Names

Origin of the 'Skylark' logo

Our brand name "Skylark" comes from the image of the skylark bird flying high into the clear blue sky.
Our predecessor company, Kotobuki Foods Ltd. started in 1962 in Hodogaya-shi (currently Nishitokyo-shi) as a small dry food store in the corner of the Hibarigaoka (translated as skylark) Housing Complex. In 1970, when the group opened its first Skylark Family Restaurant in Fuchu-shi, Kunitachi, they named the restaurant Skylark so as not to forget their spirit of entrepreneurship.

Each restaurant name has the folllowing brand significance

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