Saizeriya

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Saizeriya Co,. Ltd.
株式会社サイゼリヤ
Type Public company (TYO: 7581)
Industry Restaurants
Founded Yoshikawa, Saitama, Japan (May 1, 1973 (1973-05-01))
Headquarters

〒 342-0008

No. 5, No. 2 Yoshikawa, Saitama Prefecture, Asahi City, Japan
Key people Yasuhiko Shougaki (正垣泰彦?) (Executive director)
Services Italian cuisine (chain)
Revenue ¥ 82,700,000,000 JPY
Total assets ¥ 61,000,000,000 JPY
Employees 1,454
Website www.saizeriya.co.jp (Japanese)
A Saizeriya location in Tokorozawa, Saitama
The sign put up after the closing of the at the 1st Saizeriya store which is now a Memorial Training Building.

Saizeriya (サイゼリヤ?) is a Japanese chain of family-style Italian restaurants. It is managed by Saizeriya Co,. Ltd. (株式会社サイゼリヤ Kabushiki-gaisha Saizeriya?).

History[edit]

The current president of the company, Yasuhiko Shōgaki, worked at a western restaurant in Ichikawa, Chiba called Saizeriya while he was attending Tokyo University of Science. The manager at the time recognized his skill, and when Shōgaki became a senior in school, he inherited the restaurant. Italian cuisine was becoming more popular at the time, so Shōgaki converted the restaurant to Italian food - but customers stopped coming. Shōgaki then cut the prices by 70%, and the restaurant did so well that lines started to appear, and he had to open another store.[1]

In May 1973, Shōgaki established a kabushiki gaisha called Maria-nu (マリアーヌ?) in Ichikawa. The company then started doing expanding as a restaurant chain. The headquarters continued to be in Chiba prefecture. In 1987, the company changed its name to Maria-no (マリアーノ?). In 1992, the company again changed its name to Saizeriya.

These days, the network of stores has grown considerably. As a low-price restaurant, the chain has grown to over 750 stores. There are a few forms that Saizeriya locations can take: they can be found in any number of buildings in Japan, as roadside stores, as piloti types, locations in commerce buildings and train stations, and so on. If a desirable location is found, without questioning, they will actively continue in the capital region. Because Saizeriya will open a store where a competitor has withdrawn, the form of Saizeriya stores, as well as their trademarked logo that is posted on billboards is often varied.

Starting on August 24, 2005, they started operating a fast food store called "Eat Run" (イート・ラン?). As of 2008, they operate three stores: one in Jūjō, Tokyo, one in Kawaguchi, and one in Aoto, Katsushika, Tokyo.

In October 2006 it was announced that Saizeriya's stores had done the best in 8 years. As of August of that year, sales were up by 3%. Customer numbers were up by 2.1%, and the average amount spent per customer had increased by 0.8%. The company was able to cover the price of increasing its stores, as well as also improving the quality of the menu and achieve better results while also increasing its base customers and amount sold.[2]

Timeline[edit]

  • April 1968 - Yasuhiko Shōgaki takes over the Saizeriya store and starts a private business.
  • May 1973 - The private business becomes a corporation, and the Maria-nu company is established.
  • December 1977 - Multiple stores start opening.
  • April 1981 - Start of the shopping center stores: in LaLaPort.
  • May 1983 - The company moves to a new location in Ichikawa, Chiba.
  • March 1987 - Start of the train station stores: in Shapō.
  • April 1987 - The company changes its name to Maria-no.
  • October 1987 - An "Order Entry System" is introduced.
  • September 1989 - Start of the suburban roadside stores: in Mito Kaidō.
  • October 1991 - The company moves to Funabashi, Chiba.
  • September 1992 - The company changes its name to Saizeriya.
  • July 1994 - The 100th store is opened in Enoshima.
  • October 1997 - A factory is built in Yoshikawa, Saitama. The company moves there.
  • April 1998 - The company registers its stock with JASDAQ Securities Exchange and starts selling.
  • July 1999 - Two stocks are listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • August 2000 - One stock changes its designation.
  • October 2001 - The 500th store is opened in Kyōnan, Yamanashi.
  • December 2003 - The first overseas store is opened in Shanghai.
  • August 2005 - "Eat Run", a new fast food store, opens.
  • November 2005 - "Spa-Q" and "TacoQ", two new stores, open in Saitama.
  • April 2007 - "Saizeriya Express", a new low cost spaghetti shop, opens in Green Walk, Hachioji, Tokyo.
  • December 2007 - A store opens in Guangzhou, China.
  • October 2010 - Saizeriya Italian Restaurant (薩莉亞意式餐廳) opens in North Point, Hong Kong.
  • 2010 - Saizeriya opens around 6 stores in Beijing, China.

Features[edit]

For only 26,000 yen, one can order everything on Saizeriya's low price menu. This was done on the July 18, 2008 broadcast of Rankin no Rakuen, a variety show. Stores offer a number of alcoholic drinks and more than 10 types of wines. Saizeriya is the number one importer of Italian wine into Japan.

The store is not limited to Italian food; gratin and Hamburg steaks were added to the menu, and a takeout menu was created. The interior design of the store is decorated with pictures suggesting Italy, and Italian-style paintings are affixed to the ceilings.

Saizeriya dishes have been rated by Italians on Japanese TV[3]

Management company[edit]

In August 2008, Saizeriya Co,. Ltd. started a chain of fast food hamburger specialty shops called "Eat Run" (イートラン?). There are currently six shops. In June 2003, a subsidiary was established in Shanghai, and as of August 2007, fifteen stores were in operation there.[4]

Controversy[edit]

The restaurant has been in the news in Japan for serving pizza with melamine-tainted dough from China in October 2008.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ がっちりマンデー!!」(TBS系列)2008年9月14日放送分
  2. ^ サイゼリヤ、1000店へ足場固め‐既存店、前期8年ぶり増収 - 日経流通新聞(2006年10月25日朝刊)
  3. ^ Saizeriya ranking by Italians, 2007 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiZw5C2TX3M
  4. ^ Matsutani, Minoru, "Family restaurants falling from flavor", Japan Times, 25 January 2011, p. 3.
  5. ^ Melamine-tainted dough spurs Saizeriya to give pizza refunds, Japan Times, Oct. 22, 2008.

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