MINISTOP: Racing Past 200 in 8 – 200th Store Opening – January 29, 2008 was a very special day for Ministop as they opened their 200th store in a span of 8 years at The Columns in Ayala, Makati. This milestone became an avenue for the gathering of very prominent business tycoons from the Robinson’s Group of Companies. 300 guests were awe-stricken as they witnessed the unveiling of the new store through the unwrapping of a huge gift façade. A 30-piece drum and bugle band added to the festive atmosphere that enveloped the venue that morning. All of the guests were treated to a buffet featuring Ministop’s most sought after items in their menu. Aside from the “unwrapping” of the gift façade, highlights of the affair included the turn over of mock checks that symbolize the funds and sponsorships gathered by Ministop for World Vision Inc. There were also speeches given by RCSI VIPs. Ministop’s new refreshment—Ministop Chillz was also launched during the event. 200 blue and yellow balloons were released into the Makati skies to symbolize a soaring business stature in the coming years. The celebration ended with the appearance of the establishment’s mascots, Minni and Topper who also joined the motorcade within the vicinity of the store.