Varner-Gruppen

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Varner-Gruppen AS
Private
Industry Retail
Founded 1962
Founder Frank Varner
Headquarters Oslo, Norway
Area served
Northern Europe
Revenue NOK 7,609 million (2006)
NOK 895 million (2006)
NOK 648 million (2006)
Owner Turid Varner
Marius Varner
Petter Varner
Joakim Varner
Number of employees
7,442
Website www.varner.no

Varner-Gruppen AS is a textile firm in Norway with approximately 500 stores around the country, including Bik Bok, Carlings, Volt, Cubus, Dressmann, Solo, Urban, Vivikes, Wearhouse, Levi's Store and WOW. The stores are located throughout Scandinavia, Finland, the Baltic Countries, Germany and Poland. The group has more than 1,100 stores in total.

History

Varner-Gruppen was founded by Frank Varner in 1962 when he opened his first store. Five years later he launched the Dressmann chain. In 1985 the group entered women's clothing, with the launch of Carlings. This was followed by the purchase of Cubus (1989), Bik Bok (1991) and Vivikes (1994). During the later part of the 2000s Varner has had an average store growth of about 80 outlets. The company has since been taken over by Frank Varner's children Marius Varner, Petter Varner and Joakim Varner. The company is privately held and unlisted.


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