Curry chain gets Guinness record

Kyodo

Ichibanya Co., known for its yellow and brown Curry House CoCo Ichibanya restaurants, was recognized last week by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest curry chain, the company announced.

Known as CoCo Ichi, the chain has more than 1,300 outlets.

Ichibanya, based in Kazunomiya, Aichi Prefecture, opened its first restaurant in Aichi in January 1978. By 1994, it had at least one restaurant in every prefecture and had opened its first overseas outlet in Hawaii. As of last month, Ichibanya had 1,305 outlets, of which 100 were overseas.

The company posted ¥39.7 billion in sales and a net profit of ¥2.2 billion in the year ending last May. Ichibanya also operates other restaurant chains, including Pasta de Coco.