Starting from the 20th of September 2019, the Daimaru Shinsaibashi Store is revived as the latest trendy venue with a total of 370 distinctive stores
including first-time openings in Kansai and new types of shops, which will serve as a landmark in the Shinsaibashi area.
Daimaru Shinsaibashi Store is a branch of Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores. Daimaru Department Store in 1717, as well as Matsuzakaya Department Store in 1611, had both been established as drapery stores, and had turned their business into department stores acknowledging the change of times. Preserving the history and the tradition ever since their foundation, Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores are deeply loved by their customers as long-established department stores representing Japan.
“Shinsaibashi” is a world-class retail area with characteristic city blocks that include bustling Shinsaibashisuji Shopping Arcade - situated along the 44-meter-wide Midosuji Street that is visited by more than some 150,000 pedestrians on weekends - America-Mura (American Village), Minamisenba, and Horie. The Daimaru Shinsaibashi store, which has a history of conducting business for almost 300 years since its establishment, has decided to hold a grand opening of the “main building of the Daimaru Shinsaibashi store”. The opening of the 20th September 2019 has been organized for the significant refurbishment that the main building has undergone for the first time in 86 years, making it a “department store that evolves looking out at the world and toward the future”.
Through this renovation Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores have conceived an innovative “department store model” including a product mix, design, and an environment that shows the future direction of department stores. While aiming to further increase the strengths of the Shinsaibashi store, such as a larger flow of customers and the ability to attract most inbound tourists in Japan, Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores have strived to “create additional value that can be provided only by a real store” including new services and experiences.
The concept for the main building of the Daimaru Shinsaibashi store is to create a stage for stories for all people who visit the store, and to offer them surprises, discoveries, excitement, and premonitions that may only be encountered here, making it a site that can offer visitors days that have story-like qualities.
— DELIGHT THE WORLD AS “SHINSAIBASHI, ADORED BY THE WORLD” —
Daimaru Shinsaibashi new store’s philosophy will be based on 5 values: reach the highest level of locality and provide globally; produce a dramatic world view so that customers will become media; offer highly authentic products with discerning ability regardless of whether they are well known or unknown; foster “next generation arts and crafts” that find beauty in life and harmonize things and people; aim to improve and restore civic pride with the local community
On the floors that realize the “five philosophies”, a total of 370 shops will be open, including 37 Kansai’s first shops and 50 shops in new formats. On the 1st and 2nd basement floors and the 10th floor, it will be possible to find food or operate restaurants, and on the 1st through 6th floors consumer goods. The 9th floor will have an “inbound center” for foreign customers. In addition, a terrace on the 7th floor will be installed to offer a place for visitors to relax as an oasis lush with green in the heart of the city.
— SPECIAL SPACE THAT MERGES ARCHITECTURE WITH HISTORICAL VALUE AND THE LATEST DESIGN AND ART —
Reproducing Vories’ architectural masterpieces with the latest technologies. William Merrel Vories left a huge mark in modern Japanese architecture. In this reconstruction project of the main building, the parts from the former main building which are a symbol of the area and have historical value have been reused where possible, and the parts that are difficult to be reused were molded from the original and reproduced using the latest technologies.