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List of department stores

Stockmann

Stockmann is a Finnish listed company which was established in 1862 and is engaged in the retail trade. Stockmann's three divisions are the Department Store Division, Hobby Hall, which is specialized in mail order sales and e-commerce, and Seppälä, a chain of fashion stores. Stockmann also used to sell cars thvough Stockmann Auto, but due to new EU-directives concerning the sale of cars Stockmann announced in early 2006 that it would sell the car division in pieces to three other car vendors. Stockmann operates in Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

Department Store Division: 7 department stores and Academic Bookstores and several Zara and Stockmann Beauty stores in Finland. Stockmann's department store in the centre of Helsinki is the largest in Finland. Stockmann has department stores in Helsinki, Tampere, Espoo, Turku, Vantaa and Oulu in Finland and has expanded abroad to Moscow (Russia), Tallinn (Estonia) and Riga (Latvia). 3 department stores, 7 Zara stores and 3 Bestseller stores and a Outlet-store in Moscow, Russia. 2 speciality stores

Hobby Hall: Finland's largest mail order sales company and leading online store. 2 stores in Finland in Helsinki and Vantaa. Estonia's largest mail order sales company, a store in Tallinn. Latvia's largest mail order sales company

Seppälä: Finland's and Estonia's most extensive chain of fashion stores. Over 120 stores in Finland and 14 stores in Estonia. Several stores in Russia, Latvia and Lithuania

The flagship store of Stockmann in the centre of Helsinki. Photographed at dawn in December 2004, with Christmas lights and decorations.
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The flagship store of Stockmann in the centre of Helsinki. Photographed at dawn in December 2004, with Christmas lights and decorations.
The Turku branch of Stockmann. Photographed from Yliopistonkatu in late December 2005.
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The Turku branch of Stockmann. Photographed from Yliopistonkatu in late December 2005.

History

Stockmann was established by Georg Franz Stockmann, a German merchant from Lübeck. In 1859 Stockmann became the manager of a store in Senate square. In 1862 G.F. Stockmann took control of the store and Stockmann was officially established. In 1902 the company became G.F. Stockmann Aktiebolag. The shareholders were Stockmann and his two sons, Karl and Frans. In 1930 the building of the current headquarters of the department store was finished and it featured with revolving doors, a soda fountain and escalators. Stockmann also bought a book store, Akateeminen kirjakauppa, in the same year. The first television transmission of Finland was broadcast from the departmant store in 1950. In the same decade Stockmann opened a new department store in Tampere. In 1982 Stockmann opened a departmant store in Turku. In 1986 the first "hullut päivät" or "crazy days" were held. It became a yearly event. The first stores in Moscow were already opened in 1989, but a full-scale department store was opened in 1998. In 2003 the first department store was opened in Riga

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