|Founded||1967 (as Intercop GmbH), 1971 (current name)|
- 1 History
- 2 Operations
- 3 External links
- 4 References
The Intercop GmbH was founded in Zurich, Switzerland on October 16, 1967 by initiative of Gunnar Nygren, representing the Swedish radio and tv-retailer association Samex and representatives of five other national retail organizations. The company was renamed Expert International GmbH in 1971. Retailers from other countries began to join the group which led to the Expert trademark being internationally registered.
On the 18th of September 2012 Expert International's Swedish subsidiary, Expert AB, filed for bankruptcy.
In Norway there are 261 Expert stores with the brands Expert, Expert Bonus and El-Kjeden. Expert also owns 63% of the online store BestBuy. 60 stores are owned by Expert ASA.
In Denmark Expert is the largest retailer in its segment through the subsidiary Elbodan. The company operates 445 stores, including Elbodan, Punk1, Expert and 2tal.
In Sweden, Expert operated 222 stores throughout the country before the bankruptcy on 18 September 2012. However, Expert still operates a warehouse serving stores in neighbouring countries.
In the Faroe Islands Expert operates only 1 store.
In Finland Expert operates 27 stores (Aug. 2010) throughout the country, after it bought 51% of Konepiste in 2007.
In Estonia Expert operates 16 stores.
In Belgium Expert operates 42 stores
In Greece Expert operates 10 stores.
In Ireland there are 63 stores. Four of these stores are owned directly by Expert Ireland and the other 59 franchised out to independent retailers.
In France Expert operates 144 stores.
In Austria Expert operates 122 stores.
In the Czech Republic Expert operates 52 stores.
In Iceland Expert operates only 1 store.
In Italy Expert operates 292 stores.
In The Netherlands Expert operates 150 stores.
In Portugal, Expert is part of CODELPOR, a company part of the SUSIARTE GROUP. It operates 41 stores and it is expanding.
In Spain Expert operates 84 stores.
In Slovakia Expert operates 6 stores and more stores are planned.
In Croatia Expert operates 5 stores and more stores are planned.