The Aki-Home Timeline
1967: Akio Nitori opens his first store in Sapporo, on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.
1972: Founder and Chairman, Akio Nitori visits the US for the first time and discovers the differences in how Americans purchase home furnishings. He will bring these new discoveries back to Japan for a new strategy and long-term vision.
1975: The unique Shiroishi-ku store opens. This is Japan’s first “air dome” structure.
1979: Despite an economic downturn in Japan, Nitori continues to grow, adding 50% more employees.
1980: Nitori opens an efficient new distribution center that is multi-level and automated.
1985: Nitori improves how merchandise is ordered, lowering prices for the consumer through imports and eliminating the middle man for many products.
1989: Nitori continues to grow with overseas offices and is listed on the Sapporo stock exchange.
1993: Akio Nitori decides to expand beyond the smaller island of Hokkaido and open a new store on Honshu, the main island of Japan. Many doubt Akio Nitori’s aggressive strategy and predict failure, but he is determined to make this expansion successful.
1995: The Distribution Center is expanded and enhanced with state of the art technology to support the growing stores and reduce costs.
2003: 100th Nitori store opens in Utsunomiya.
2004: E-commerce is made available for consumers online.
2006: Akabane store opened in Kita-ku, Tokyo.
2007: Nitori hires veteran Honda executives to enhance product safety and testing
2007: First store to open outside of Japan opens in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
2009: 200th Nitori store opens in Lalaport Misato.
2012: The Ginowan store opens--our 300th store. The US expansion is announced and planned.
2013: Acknowledging our founder and chairman, Akio Nitori, the name “Aki-Home” is decided for the United States stores and brand. The first Aki-Home stores opened on October 19th in California: located in Tustin and Fullerton in Orange County.
2014: More stores planned for continued expansion in the United States.