Prisma (chain store)

Prisma is a Finnish chain of hypermarkets belonging to S Group. In Finland there are currently 71 stores in 51 different cities. The first Prisma store opened in Jyväskylä in 1972.[1] In addition to food and groceries, Prisma's selection includes a wide collection of clothing, sporting goods, books, toys, entertainment and home accessories.

FoundedNovember 22, 1972
Area served
Finland, Estonia, Russia
OwnerS Group

Prisma's main competitor in Finland is Kesko's K-Citymarket chain. Prisma also has hypermarkets in Estonia. The chain has also had stores in Latvia and Lithuania, but they were closed in 2017.[2] On March 4th 2022, Prisma's owner, the S-Group, announced the closure of all Russian operations.[3]


In the past, the S Group's hypermarkets differed a lot from each other, as the cooperatives were allowed to choose their own concept. The names Sokos-market and Prisma, among others, were used. The S Group's first hypermarket, at the time called Sokos Market, was founded in 1971 along Tampereentie in Turku,[4] but the following year, Jyväskylä's Seppälä Prisma was founded,[1][5] and it got its name from a landmark built in connection with the car market, which looked like a prism.[6] In the 1970s, Prisma/Sokos supermarkets were also opened in Kouvola, Oulu, Pori, Seinäjoki and Tampere, among others. The first Prisma in the Helsinki metropolitan area was opened in the Malmi district in 1987.

The current form of the Prisma chain was born in 1988, when the S Group had begun to consolidate its stores under national chains.[7] SOK considered Prisma a successful name, so it was introduced in all of the S Group's hypermarkets.[8] The product ranges and marketing of the stores were unified. At the end of 1995, there were a total of 28 Prismas in Finland. [9] AS Prisma Latvija was founded on January 17, 2006 as a registered S-group in Somijā.[10] Its share capital was 5,150,800 euros.[11]

Gallery of Prisma storesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Seppälän Prisma 40 vuotta" (in Finnish). Osuuskauppa Keskimaa. 2012. Retrieved 2021-05-18.
  2. ^ "Latvian ja Liettuan Prismat suljetaan" (in Finnish). Yle Uutiset. 2017-05-02. Retrieved 2021-05-18.
  3. ^ "S-Group closes all Russian operations". Yle Uutiset. 2022-03-04. Retrieved 2022-03-04.
  4. ^ Rossi, Leena (2001). Sata vuotta yhteistä matkaa. TOK 1901–2001 (in Finnish). TOK-yhtymä. pp. 193–194.
  5. ^ Kangas, Lasse (2004). Kauppaneuvosten aika. Pekka Prättälän ja Kalevi Liukkosen vuodet Keskimaassa 1960–2000 (in Finnish). Keskimaa Osk. p. 74.
  6. ^ Leppänen, Timo (2016). Merkilliset nimet. Tarinoita yritysten ja tuotteiden nimistä (in Finnish). Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura. ISBN 978-952-222-720-1.
  7. ^ "Sale-myymäläketju 20-vuotias. SSO:ssa Suomen ensimmäinen Sale" (in Finnish). Suur-Seudun Osuuskauppa. Retrieved May 30, 2021.
  8. ^ Kangas, Lasse (2004). Kauppaneuvosten aika. Pekka Prättälän ja Kalevi Liukkosen vuodet Keskimaassa 1960–2000 (in Finnish). Keskimaa Osk. p. 127.
  9. ^ "Toimintakertomus 1995" (PDF) (in Finnish). Suomen Osuuskauppojen Keskuskunta. Retrieved May 30, 2021.
  10. ^ LETA citāts mājaslapā
  11. ^ reģistrs

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