Clas Ohlson timeline

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  • Railroad to the parish of Åhl

    Railroad to the parish of Åhl
    Siljan railway is built. This makes it possible to travel by train to the parish of Åhl where Clas Ohlson grew up.
  • A post office opens in Insjön

    A post office opens in Insjön
    The new post office in the parish of Åhl is built near the railway station by the Insjön lake. The name of the new postal adress is Insjön.
  • Clas Ohlson was born

    Clas Ohlson was born
    Clas Ohlson is born in the village of Skog in Aspeboda parish southeast of Insjön. His parents are Långbergs Olle Andersson and Marits Britta Andersdotter. After a couple of years, the family moves to Rolandsgården (Roland's homestead) in the village of Sätra in the parish of Åhl.
  • Clas Ohlson starts working at Åhlén & Holm

    Clas Ohlson starts working at Åhlén & Holm
    Åhlén & Holm is the largest company in the parish at the time. Clas Ohlson is seven years old and starts working as an errand boy.
  • Clas Ohlson takes over bicycle business

    Clas Ohlson takes over bicycle business
    Clas Ohlson's brother dies and Clas Ohlson takes over his bicycle business. The company name is "Spax kammare".
  • Clas Ohlson gets a summer job in Stockholm

    Clas Ohlson gets a summer job in Stockholm
    Clas Ohlson gets a summer job at the company Åhlén & Holm in Stockholm. Åhlén & Holm was founded in Insjön but had relocated to Stockholm. This is the first and only time Clas Ohlson works or lives outside of Insjön. Of Stockholm he says: "Living in houses on top of each other is not for me".
  • Clas Ohlsson & Co. was founded

    Clas Ohlsson & Co. was founded
    Clas Ohlson founds the mail order business, Clas Ohlson & Co. at the age of just 22. Clas Ohlson is highly interested in technology and starts selling technical handbooks. The product range is gradually expanded.
  • Clas Ohlson marries

    Clas Ohlson marries
    Clas Ohlson marries Elsa Springfeldt.
  • The company moves

    The company moves
    Clas Ohlson moves the company from the village of Sätra to a small timber house in central Insjön. Both the mail order business and the bicycle repair business fit into the building. However, when the mail order business expands, Clas Ohlson loses interest in repairing bicycles.
  • Clas Ohlson hires his two first co-workers

    Clas Ohlson hires his two first co-workers
    Clas Ohlson now has two co-workers. In 1921 the company also moves into a building near the railway station. Clas Ohlson closes the bicycling repair shop.
  • Clas Ohlson acquires a telephone

    Clas Ohlson acquires a telephone
    Clas Ohlson acquires a telephone for the company.
  • Clas Ohlson starts building a new head office

    Clas Ohlson starts building a new head office
    Clas Ohlson buys land near the railway station and starts building a three-storey building. The price of the land is 0,4 Swedish krona per square metre.
  • Clas Ohlson’s head office is built

    Clas Ohlson’s head office is built
    Clas Ohlson’s head office is built next to the railway in Insjön. The company is located here until 1972. Clas Ohlson and his family lives in the attic.
  • First store!

    First store!
    Clas Ohlson opens his first store. Mail order is still the core of the business. The company has a rapid growth.
  • A new home for the family

    A new home for the family
    There is no longer room enough for Clas Ohlson and his family to live in the company building. Clas Ohlson builds a new home for his family.
  • Clas Ohlson builds a cinema

    Clas Ohlson builds a cinema
    Clas Ohlson builds the Sang cinema. The cinema closes in 1979. Today, the building is used for accommodation for co-workers
  • Clas Ohlson builds an annexe

    Clas Ohlson builds an annexe
    The company needs more space. Clas Ohlson builds an annexe to the head office.
  • 25-year anniversary

    25-year anniversary
    Clas Ohlson & Co has now existed for 25 years. The company's slogan is: The trust of the public – our foundation for success". The catalogue is now printed in 150,000 copies.
  • Clas Ohlson with one "s"

    Clas Ohlson with one "s"
    Clas Ohlson changes the spelling of his name. Instead of Clas Ohlsson, the name is now Clas Ohlson. In Clas Ohlson's opinion, Clas Ohlson with one "s" looked better graphically.
  • Clas Ohlson on the catalogue's cover

    Clas Ohlson on the catalogue's cover
    Clas Ohlson is on the cover of the catalogue, playing accordion. The accordion was a gift from Albin Hagström on Clas Ohlson's 50th birthday. Albin Hagström was the founder of the musical instrument manufacturer Hagström.
  • Coworkers travel to southern Europe

    Coworkers travel to southern Europe
    All coworkers at Clas Ohlson are invited to a 10-day trip to southern Europe. Clas Ohlson and his co-workers visit Germany, Italy and Lichtenstein.
  • Another annexe at the head office

    Another annexe at the head office
    The expansion continues. A new annexe is built.
  • 250,000 copies of the catalogue

    250,000 copies of the catalogue
    The catalogue is printed in 250,000 copies. There are 7,000 products in the catalogue and the company has 600 suppliers.
  • Improvement of the store

    Improvement of the store
    Expansion continues. The company's display area and store area are improved.
  • 35 co-workers and 146,000 packages

    35 co-workers and 146,000 packages
    Clas Ohlson now has 35 co-workers. 146,477 packages are sent from Insjön to mail order customers. The value of each package is 56 Swedish kronor (about 480 kronor in today’s currency.)
  • Rapid growth - Clas Ohlson has now 60 co-workers

    Rapid growth - Clas Ohlson has now 60 co-workers
    The company grows rapidly. In 1968 Clas Ohlson has 60 co-workers.
  • New head office and store

    New head office and store
    The new head office and store next to highway 70 is completed. The building, which also holds the warehouse, is 5,000 square meters. Clas Ohlson has 75 co-workers and 8,000 products in the catalogue.
  • 124,000 people visit the store

    124,000 people visit the store
    After moving to the new building next to trunk road 70, the store's revenue is raised from 445,000 SEK (1972) to 1,2 million SEK (1974). The store has 124,000 visitors during the year.
  • First computer at Clas Ohlson

    In 1975, the company buys its first computer. The accounting, however, is performed manually until the 1980's.
  • 400,000 copies of the catalogue

    400,000 copies of the catalogue
    The catalogue is distributed in 400,000 copies. 200,000 packages are sent from Insjön to mail order customers.
  • Customer register is computerized

    The customer register is computerized.
  • First store outside Insjön

    First store outside Insjön
    Clas Ohlson opens its first store outside of Insjön, in central Stockholm. The store is opened on 30 June.
  • First store outside Sweden

    First store outside Sweden
    The first store outside of Sweden is opened in Oslo, Norway, on 26 August. By this time, Clas Ohlson is already a well-known name to Norwegians, thanks to the first Norwegian mail order catalogue published in 1985.
  • First stage of the Central Warehouse completed

    First stage of the Central Warehouse completed
    The first stage of the Central Warehouse in Insjön is completed in May. The decision to build the warehouse is important to the company as well as the community of Insjön.
  • Clas Ohlson listed on Nasdaq Stockholm

    Clas Ohlson was listed on Nasdaq Stockholm on 5 October.
  • First store in Finland

    First store in Finland
    The first store in Finland is opened in Helsinki on 14 November.
  • 3,5 million copies of the catalogue

    3,5 million copies of the catalogue
    There are now 420 pages in the catalogue, which includes 12,000 products and is printed in 3,5 million copies.
  • Expansion of the central warehouse

    Expansion of the central warehouse
    The central warehouse, now called the distribution centre, is expanded to meet increased volumes.
  • First store in the UK

    First store in the UK
    Clas Ohlson’s establishment in UK begins. The first store opens in Croydon in southwestern London on 27 November.
  • 100th store

    100th store
    Clas Ohlson opens its 100th store, in Motala, Sweden.
  • New distribution line and expansion of the store in Insjön

    New distribution line and expansion of the store in Insjön
    A new distribution line is installed at the distribution centre along with an additional high bay warehouse. The centre now has capacity to store 120,000 pallets in total. The store in Insjön is expanded and becomes the largest store in the Group with 3,197 square metres of floor space.
  • 150th store

    150th store
    Clas Ohlson opens its 150th store in, Lahti, Finland.
  • New e-commerce platform

    New e-commerce platform
    A new e-commerce platform is launched. By now, it is also possible to shop at clasohlson.com on a smartphone or a tablet.
  • Launch of Club Clas

    Launch of Club Clas
    Club Clas, our loyalty programme, is launched in Sweden in March 2013. A year later, there are one million members on the club. The company achieves a new milestone in December this year, as monthly sales exceeds 1 billion SEK for the first time.
  • First franchise store

    First franchise store
    Clas Ohlson’s first franchise store in Dubai is opened on 30 April.
  • 200th store

    200th store
    Clas Ohlson opens its 200th store in Bergvik, Karlstad, Sweden.
  • First store in Germany

    First store in Germany
    The first store in Germany is opened in Hamburg on 19 May.
  • Club Clas has 2 million members

    Club Clas has 2 million members
    Club Clas is a success. The customer loyalty programme now has 2 million members.
  • Lotta Lyrå, new CEO

    Lotta Lyrå, new CEO
    Lotta Lyrå is the new CEO of Clas Ohlson.
    “I feel incredibly privileged to have been given the opportunity to lead a company with such strong corporate culture and sound values as Clas Ohlson", says Lotta Lyrå.