Circle K Sunkus
Derivation of the Sunkus logo
|Industry||Retail (Convenience stores)|
|Founded||Tokyo, Japan (2001)|
|Headquarters||20-1 Shiohama 2, Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan|
|Key people||Motohiko Nakamura, President|
|Parent||UNY Co., Ltd.|
Circle K Sunkus (サークルKサンクス Sākuru K Sankusu?) is a chain of company-operated and franchised convenience stores in Japan. The company is a division of UNY Co., Ltd., which licensed the Circle K name from Alimentation Couche-Tard, a Canadian convenience store company that owns the Circle K brand.
Sunkus and Circle K Japan formed an equity and business alliance in October 1998.
The franchiser, Sunkus & Associates Inc. officially merged with Circle K Japan Co., Ltd. as of the September 1, 2004 fiscal year and is now officially Circle K Sunkus Co., Ltd (株式会社サークルKサンクス). The two brands remain separate - convenience stores owned by the company either have a Sunkus sign or a Circle K sign.
The word "Sunkus" is a combination of the words "Sun" and the word "Thanks", as it is pronounced with a Japanese accent. The logo is a combination of the words "Sun", "Kids", and "Us".
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