Japan’s Shelfy helps restaurant owners get better deals on renovations



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Tokyo-based startup Shelfy launched an online platform under the same name yesterday with the aim to connect restaurant owners with renovation companies. For restaurant owners looking to renovate their establishment, the platform allows them to browse a list of renovation companies and solicit estimates.

The platform lets participating renovation companies submit their proposals when asked, so that users can easily compare designs and price quotes before ordering a renovation. Shelfy takes a 100,000 yen (about $1,000) commission only when a user places an order for a proposal submitted by a renovation company.


Shelfy was launched by Shunki Roy, founder of manga translation service Japan Manga and who also worked at Japanese photo stock site Pixta as the head of its business management department. He believes that renovation costs are not appropriate, so he expects the platform to adjust prices through Shelfy. The company’s primary potential users will be restaurants and beauty salons.

The company aims to sign up 300 companies by year end and close 80 deals a month, thus generating monthly revenue of 8 million yen (about $80,000).