Johan Petter Åhlén
|Johan Petter Åhlén|
Åhlén at the age of 25 (from the archive of Åhléns)
|Born||Johan Petter Andersson
13 April 1879
Ål, Kopparbergs län, Sweden
|Died||31 March 1939 (aged 59)
|Known for||Åhléns, Tempo, Åhlén & Åkerlund, Olympic curler|
Boxen mentions his Tempo stores.
Åhlén at the 1924 Olympics
Johan Petter Åhlén was the son of farmers Marits Anders Andersson and Brittas Karin Christoffersdotter. He was born Johan Petter Andersson, but changed his surname to Åhlén after his birthplace (which was called Åhl by the time of his name change) to avoid being confused with numerous namesakes. In 1903 he married Elin Maria Charlotta Brolin and with her he had the sons Gösta Mauritz Åhlén and Anders Ragnar Åhlén, who both became managing directors of his companies. Åhlén died in 1939 while crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a boat trip from New York.
In 1899, Johan Petter Åhlén founded the mail-order company Åhlén & Holm in his hometown, partnered with his uncle Erik Holm. It soon changed name to Insjön and became the leader in its field in Scandinavia. In 1902, Johan Petter Åhlén became the sole owner of the company. In 1906 he launched another company, the book publishing house Åhlén & Åkerlunds, together with Erik Åkerlund. In 1932, after a study tour to the US, he founded the first department store, at Östermalmstorg in Stockholm.
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