Magasin, as we know it today, was founded when Emil Valentin Lemming Vett and Theodor Wilhelm Wessel opened a small shop in Aarhus in 1868.
Vett & Wessel were skilled merchants, and in 1870 they expanded with a new store in what was then Hotel du Nord in Copenhagen. Success continued, revenue grew, and Vett & Wessel ended up buying Hotel du Nord, which was rebuilt and opened as Magasin du Nord in 1894.
Today, Magasin is the country’s leading department store with departments in Copenhagen, Lyngby, Rødovre, Odense and Aarhus. The company is owned by Debenhams, the UK’s second largest chain of department stores and listed on the London Stock Exchange.