HEMA (store)

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Native name
Hollandsche Eenheidsprijzen Maatschappij Amsterdam
FoundedAmsterdam, Netherlands (1926 (1926))
Area served
United Kingdom
United Arab Emirates
Key people
Ronald van Zetten
photo service
and other
OwnerRamphastos Investments

HEMA (Dutch pronunciation: [ɦeːmaː]; originally an acronym for Hollandsche Eenheidsprijzen Maatschappij Amsterdam, "Hollandic Standard Prices Company Amsterdam") is a Dutch variety store-chain. It began operations as a variety store. The chain is characterized by relatively low pricing of generic housewares, which are mostly made by and for the chain itself, often with an original design. The current owner is Dutch billionaire Marcel Boekhoorn.


The first HEMA opened in Amsterdam on 4 November 1926, set up by the owners of the luxury department store De Bijenkorf. Originally, as a price-point retailer at prime locations in town centers, goods were sold using standard prices (hence its name), with everything having a standard price of 10, 25 or 50 cents, and later also 75 and 100 cents. The relative economic boom in the Netherlands in the period 1900–1930 benefited HEMA.[citation needed]

During World War II, a number of Jewish employees (there was a relatively high number because of the Jewish roots of the company) were murdered by the Nazis. This is remembered yearly by laying a wreath on 4 May, the Dutch Remembrance of the Dead, at the head office.

After World War II, this model could not be sustained and the standard pricing system was abandoned. But a period of rapid expansion followed: now almost every town of any importance in the Netherlands has a HEMA. Locations carry a wide variety of goods, including clothing, food, bicycle equipment, gardening tools, and office supplies.

In June 2007 Lion Capital bought the chain from Maxeda. In 2010, standard pricing was reintroduced.[1] In 2015, HEMA was for the 8th time in a row the most indispensable brand in the Netherlands.[2][3]

A potential sale of the business was on an agenda of Hema’s owners. The most interest to acquire the business showed a miami-based investment company Flacks Group and a consortium led by Amsterdam-based private equity firm Parcom Capital.[4]


Inside a HEMA store

Since the 1990s, HEMA has also expanded into other countries.

HEMA branches by country:

Country Number of stores Since
 Netherlands 545 (2018) 1926
 Austria 5[5] (2019) 2018
 Belgium 98 (2014) 1984
 France 74[6] (2019) 2009
 Germany 21[7] (2019) 2002
 Luxembourg 4[8] (2016) 2006
 Qatar 3[9] (2019) 2018
 Spain 9[10] (2019) 2014
 United Arab Emirates 5[11] (2019) 2018
 United Kingdom 10[12] (2019) 2014

Since 2009 HEMA has opened small versions of their stores in railway stations, at Schiphol Airport and in small villages in the Netherlands, as well as their first mini market.

HEMA employed in excess of 10,000 workers at over 500 stores by March 2011. HEMA opened its 700th store on 14 December 2015 at Central Station in Utrecht. It is also the tenth store of the retail chain on a Dutch railway station.

HEMA store at London Stansted Airport

On 4 January 2014, HEMA's CEO Ronald van Zetten announced that it would branch out to Spain and the UK opening the first stores within six months as well further expanding in France. The first Spanish store opened on 3 April on Calle Fuencarral in Madrid. The first British store opened in the Victoria Place shopping centre, above Victoria station, in London on 12 June 2014, with a second store opening in Kingston and a third one in Bromley in the following months.[13]


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Onmisbare Merken (2015): Eurib
  3. ^ BNR Newsradio
  4. ^ "Iconic Dutch Retailer Hema Files for Chapter 15 Bankruptcy". BloombergQuint. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Hoe Hema in Dubai (zonder worst) bouwt aan een wereldmerk". AD.nl. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  6. ^ "tous les magasins - HEMA". Hema.fr. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  7. ^ "HEMA Filialen". Hemashop.com. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  8. ^ "luxembourg - HEMA". Hema.be. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Hoe Hema in Dubai (zonder worst) bouwt aan een wereldmerk". AD.nl. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  10. ^ "tiendas de España". Hemashop.com. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Hema". www.appareluae.com. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  12. ^ "our stores". Hemashop.com. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  13. ^ "HEMA opens second store in United Kingdom". Retail Detail.

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