Clas Ohlson (STO:CLASB) has signed a contract regarding a new store in
Pasaati Shopping Centre, Kotka, Finland. The retail space will amount to
a total of 990 square metres. The store’s catchment area comprises
approximately 55,000 residents and the store is scheduled to open in
Future store establishments that have been contracted to date are: Willa
Shopping Centre, Hyvinkää, Finland in October 2012; Emporia, Malmö,
Sweden in October 2012; Shopping Centre Skanssi, Turku, Finland in
October 2012; Førde Shopping Centre, Førde, Norway in November 2012;
Matkus Shopping area, Kuopio, Finland in November 2012; Lippulaiva
Shopping Centre, Espoo, Finland in November 2012; Vestkanten Shopping
Centre, Bergen, Norway in November 2012; Ljungheden Shopping area,
Västervik, Sweden in December 2012; Vestby Arena, Vestby, Norway in
November 2012; Hansa Shopping Centre, Kalmar, Sweden in March 2013;
Pasaati Shopping Centre, Kotka, Finland in spring 2013; Sogndal, Norway
in spring 2013; Spar Centre Shopping area in Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
in spring 2013; Norra Backa Shopping area, Borlänge, Sweden in October
2013; Mobilia Shopping Centre, Malmö, Sweden in October 2013 and Kungens
Kurva in Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden in October 2013.
During the 2012/13 financial year Clas Ohlson aim to establish 15-20 new
stores. With currently 164 stores and 16 contracted stores, Clas Ohlson
will have a total of 180 stores, of which 76 in Sweden, 63 in Norway, 29
in Finland and 12 in the UK.
Clas Ohlson AB is a Swedish chain store that sells, amongst other
things, hardware, electrical, multimedia, and home and leisure products.
It is the largest hardware chain in Scandinavia. The company was founded
in 1918 by the technically-minded Clas Ohlson (1895–1979), as a mail
order business based in the Swedish village of Insjön, Dalarna.
Initially, only manuals and technical literature were sold. He opened
his first shop in Insjön in 1926 and there are now stores throughout
Sweden, as well as in Norway and Finland. In 2008, the company opened
its first store in the United Kingdom, in Croydon, south London. There
are now stores at the Arndale Centre in Manchester, at The Harlequin in
Watford, in Kingston upon Thames, Reading, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham,
Cardiff, Doncaster, Norwich and Newcastle.
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