Elkjøp

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Elkjøp
IndustryRetail
Founded16 March 1962
HeadquartersNydalen, Norway
Key people
Erik Gunset Sønsterud (CEO, Elkjøp Nordic AS)
ProductsConsumer electronics, white goods, brown goods,
Revenue£2.3 billion (2013-2014)
Number of employees
10,500
ParentDixons Carphone
Websitewww.elkjop.no
Elkjøp Megastore, Kristiansand.
Elkjøp branch in Denmark under a different name.

Elkjøp, better known as Elgiganten outside Norway, is the largest consumer electronics retailer in the Nordic countries, with 400 stores in six countries and 10,000 employees.[1]

Elkjøp was founded by Trygve Fjetland on 16 March 1962.[2] It was purchased in 1999 by Dixons Carphone.[citation needed] Elkjøp owned stores for a time in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.[citation needed]

The coined name Elkjøp translates from Norwegian as El buy, where El is understood as shorthand for elektrisk ("electric") or elektronisk ("electronic").

Operations[edit]

Elkjøp trades under several different brands:

Country Local name Number of stores
 Denmark Elgiganten 38
 Faroe Islands Elding 2
 Finland Gigantti/Gigantti Phonehouse 41
 Greenland Elgiganten 2
 Iceland Elko 4
 Norway Elkjøp/Elkjøp Phonehouse 144
 Sweden Elgiganten/Elgiganten Phone House 165

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Employees and stores count (in Norwegian)". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-02-12.
  2. ^ Ottesen, Gregers (19 March 2012). "Billigkjedens gründer". Dagens Næringsliv. p. 18.

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