Åhléns is a Swedish chain of department stores, located in almost every city in the country and with several stores in the major cities - there are 18 Åhléns stores in
Stockholmalone (March 2007). Åhléns also has business operations in Norway.
Åhléns is one of
Sweden’s leading retailers in a number of fields. Operations are focused on four business areas: "Fashion" (Mode), "Beauty" (Skönhet), "Homeware" (Hem), and "Media".
Åhléns started out in 1899 as the mail order business "Åhlén & Holm", operated from the small city of
Insjönin Dalarna. Business boomed and in 1915 the headquarters were moved to Stockholm.
In the 1930s the business idea changed to department stores, and the company opened its first department store in 1932 at
Östermalmstorgin Stockholm. In 1964 the main building, "Åhléns City", Sweden’s largest department store, was opened in the center of Stockholm. Today, Åhléns is a wholly owned subsidiary of Axel Johnson AB, which in turn is wholly owned by , one of the richest women in Sweden and one of the country’s leading capitalists.
* [http://www.ahlens.se/ahlens/export/sites/ahlens/common/bottom_menu/in_english.html Åhléns official web site]
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