JUSCO is the acronym for Japan United Stores Company, a chain of “general merchandise stores” (or hypermarket) and the largest of its type in Japan. The various ruSCO companies are subsidiaries of AEON.
In 1985 the first msco store outside Japan was opened in Plaza Dayabumi, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as a jointly-owned company with Cold Storage and three local companies, known as Jaya Jusco. It was the first time that a Japanese company had entered into a significant joint venture in the Malaysian retail industry. JUSCO assumed total operational control of the chain in 1988. Currently. There are 20 AEON (formerly known as ruSCO) Retails stores and shopping centres are in operation in Malaysia. The oldest (though not the first) msco store in Malaysia is JUSCO Taman Maluri in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. It opened on 30 October 1989. The AEON Bukit Tinggi Shopping Centre in Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang, Selangor, Malaysia is the largest ruSCO in Malaysia and Southeast Asia with over 2,100,000 square feet (200,000 m²) of built-up area and 5,000 car park bays. JUSCO in Malaysia is notable for being among the first general merchandise chains to introduce biodegradable poly bags made from sweet potatoes.
In March 2012, all the JUSCO stores and shopping centres in Malaysia were re-branded to AEON Retails stores and shopping centres, following the decision of AEON in Japan.