The Daiei, Inc. (株式会社ダイエー, Kabushiki-kaisha Daiē), based in Kobe, is one of the largest supermarket chains in Japan. In 1957, Isao Nakauchi founded the chain in Osaka near Sembayashi Station on the Keihan train line.[citation needed] Daiei is now under a restructuring process supported by Marubeni Corporation and ÆON Co., Ltd., another Japanese supermarket chain. Daiei Inc. runs more than 3,000 stores under the Daiei name as well as through its subsidiaries.[1] In addition to groceries, Daiei is also a department store, selling electronics, home furnishings, and clothes. In terms of net sales, Daiei was formerly the largest retailer in Japan. However, total sales declined by nearly a quarter in the five years leading up to 2003.[citation needed]

The Daiei, Inc.
Public KK (TYO: 8263)
Founded1957 at Osaka, Japan
FounderIsao Nakauchi
Key people
Yoshiki Mori
Yasuhide Chikazawa
ProductsHypermarkets and supermarkets
RevenueIncrease ¥1,431.5 billion (2005)
Number of employees
full-time; 6979
SubsidiariesOMC Card, OPA co. ltd.


The retail chain expanded rapidly in the 1970s and 1980s. Also, stronger sales from competitors such as Ito-Yokado, ÆON, and other regional supermarket chains have hurt Daiei's sales record in recent years.[citation needed]

As a part of the series of bootstrap restructuring efforts to avoid filing for IRCJ (Industrial Revitalization Corporation of Japan) support, the company sold its baseball team, the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks, which it purchased from Nankai Railway in 1988 to SoftBank, on January 27, 2005[2] and the company's Hawaii stores in 2006 to Don Quijote Co., Ltd.[3] Through the process of debt restructuring and support given by financial institutions in coordination with IRCJ, the company has been acquired by IRCJ, Marubeni Corporation (a trading company) and Advantage Partners (a private equity house) in 2005.[citation needed]

Daiei's current President and CEO is Toru Nishimi, formerly an operating officer of Marubeni Corporation.

Private BrandEdit

Topvalu almond chocolate snack

Daiei carries multiple private label brands, and the biggest one they carry is Topvalu (トップバリュ) which started in 2007. Topvalu products are sold by ÆON Co., Ltd. and Daiei.

Topvalu logo

A Daiei store

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hoovers – The Daiei, Inc. Factsheet
  2. ^ "SOFTBANK Announces New Management Structures of Fukuoka Softbank Hawks Corp and Fukuoka Softbank Hawks Marketing Corp". Softbank. January 28, 2005. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  3. ^ Daiei Stores Officially Don Quijote

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