Earlier this year, Ministop Japan pulled out from the Philippines and so the Robinsons Group fully acquired ownership of the convenience store chain in the Philippines. Through Ministop’s official Facebook, they set up a renaming contest for the convenience store, and now it’s official: Ministop’s renaming itself to Uncle John’s.
In an official statement from Ministop dated September 22, it says, “We are pleased to inform you that we are changing the store banner name “Ministop” to “Uncle John’s”. The brand has been around for over 20 years, headlined by our number one product, Uncle John’s Fried Chicken. More importantly, the Uncle John’s brand holds a special significance as it is a celebration of the legacy of our late founder, Mr. John Gokongwei, Jr.“
“The rebranding will commence fourth quarter of this year starting with the conversion of our store signages. All brand elements and collaterals including physical and digital marketing assets shall use the Uncle John’s brand name effective January 1, 2023. Since this is a trade name change only, all business transactions will continue under Robinsons Convenience Stores, Inc.,” the statement said.
So next year, it’s going to be the same Uncle John’s Fried Chicken and Kariman but with a different name starting 2023!