Circle K Sunkus

Circle K Sunkus (サークルKサンクス, Sākuru K Sankusu) was 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.

Circle K Sunkus Co., Ltd
Typeconvenience store
IndustryRetail (Convenience stores)
FoundedTokyo, Japan (2004)
Headquarters20-1 Shiohama 2, Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Motohiko Nakamura, President
Number of employees
1,759 (2010)
ParentUNY Co., Ltd.
Derivation of the Sunkus logo
Circle K Kawada shop (Higashi-Osaka Japan)
SUNKUS Hachinohe-Chibagakuenmae store

The typical Japanese convenience store goods such as magazines, manga, soft drinks, contraceptives, onigiri, and bento are available.

As of September 1, 2016, all Circle K Sunkus stores have been rebranded as FamilyMart stores as a result of the FamilyMart Co. and Uny Group Holdings Co. merger.[1]


The first Circle K store in Japan opened on March 15, 1980 in Tenpaku-ku, Nagoya.

The first Sunkus store opened in Aoba-ku, Sendai on July 23, 1980. The Sunkus chain expanded to Tokyo in 1981, Hokkaido in 1982, Osaka in 1989 and Nagoya in 1992.

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 was known officially as Circle K Sunkus Co., Ltd (株式会社サークルKサンクス). The two brands remained separate — convenience stores owned by the company have either a Sunkus sign or a Circle K sign.


The word "Sunkus" is a combination of the words "Sun" and the word "Thanks",[2] The logo is a combination of the words "Sun", "Kids", and "Us".


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