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PARCO to establish a joint corporation with SAN-A CO., LTD.


November 7, 2016


PARCO CO., Ltd. (“PARCO”) has agreed to establish a joint corporation with SAN-A CO., Ltd. (“SAN-A”) for the operation of a new shopping complex business in Okinawa prefecture.


1. Reason for establishment of joint corporation


Consumer spending is growing steadily in Okinawa prefecture due to population growth and over 8 million tourists from both Japan and overseas visiting each year. With major infrastructure projects planned, such as the construction of an additional runway at Naha Airport and improvements to the Naha West Coast Road, the prefecture is attracting international attention.


SAN-A’s main operation is a supermarket business, but it also operates restaurants and a joint venture convenience store business. It is planning a new shopping complex in Urasoe city, Okinawa (“Urasoe West Coast Development”) through a subsidiary company (SAN-A Urasoe West Coast Development Co., Ltd., a 100% subsidiary). As a ‘Naha Port, Urasoe Wharf area stage one urban infrastructure business’, the shopping complex will be the largest in Okinawa prefecture and due to its location in Urasoe’s west coast area with excellent access from Naha Airport and Naha Port’s cruise ship terminal, it hopes to attract a diverse range of customers, including people from a wide area within Okinawa prefecture and tourists visiting from other prefectures and overseas.


PARCO and SAN-A aim to create an attractive new shopping complex by fully exercising their respective strengths, such as the wealth of management resources and credibility cultivated by SAN-A through its retailing and restaurant operations in Okinawa, and the expertise in operating urban shopping centers accumulated by PARCO. Both companies have agreed to the establishment of the joint corporation in order to plan and operate the complex together.


2. Outline of Urasoe West Coast Development (new shopping complex)


(1) Address 3 Irijima, Urasoe-shi, Okinawa, Japan
(2) Area of planned site 85,484.92m²
(3) Leasable floor area Approx. 78,000m² (planned)
(4) Store area Approx. 60,000m² (planned)
(5) Opening Scheduled for summer 2019


3. Outline of joint corporation

The establishment of a joint corporation for the planning and operation of the Urasoe West Coast Development store has been agreed as below. We plan to make it a PARCO equity method affiliate company.


(1) Name SAN-A PARCO, Inc
(2) Address 7-2-10 Oyama, Ginowan-shi, Okinawa, Japan
(3) Representative name, title Fumikatsu Uechi, President
(4) Business Description Shopping center operation
(5) Capitalization ¥10 million
(6) Fiscal year-end February
(7) Ownership SAN-A CO., LTD.: 51%, PARCO CO., LTD.: 49%


4. Outline of SAN-A

(1) Name SAN-A CO., LTD.
(2) Address (2) Address
7-2-10 Oyama, Ginowan-shi, Okinawa, Japan
(3) Representative name, title Tessei Uechi, President
(4) Business Description Sale of food, clothing, and lifestyle products; restaurant operation
(5) Capitalization ¥3,723 million
(6) Date of establishment May 1970


5. Schedule

November 7, 2016   Agreement to establish a joint corporation

December 2016   Establishment of joint corporation (planned)


6. Outlook

Urasoe West Coast Development is scheduled to open for business in summer 2019, and it is expected that the impact of this agreement on PARCO’s financial results for the current fiscal year will be minor.