Rudolph Karstadt

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Rudolph Karstadt (16 February 1856 in Grevesmühlen – 19 December 1944 in Schwerin) was a German entrepreneur.


With a loan of 1000 Thaler from his father and with the help his two sister, Karstadt opened his first store, ″Tuch-, Manufactur- und Konfectionsgeschäft" in Wismar on 14 May 1881.[1] By 1920 he owned over 30 shops across Germany. The Karstadt Warenhaus AG, which is what his chain of stores was called by 1920, continues as Arcandor.


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