Stores One of probably the most important streets in Finland threatens to atrophy – HS’s alternate photographs present how Aleksanterinkatu has modified

On the most historically significant value buildings and business in Aleksanterinkatu, Helsinki and the whole of Finland, many shops are in trouble or have closed. Will the lights of eternal Christmas dim forever?

clearly can argue that Helsingin Aleksanterinkatu is, along with Mannerheimintie, the main street in Finland historically and commercially.

Suurkatu and Kuninkaankatu during the Swedish rule got their current name during the Russian rule in 1833 from Emperor Alexander I. On the Senate Square stands a statue of Alexander II.

At Aleks, the passer-by passes the valuable Knights’ Hall, the Government Palace, Senate Square, the main building of the University of Helsinki, two of Helsinki’s oldest surviving stone houses: the Old Customs and Pakkahuone and the Sederholm House.

After leaving the main guard at the east, the pedestrian ends up at the western end of Aleksanterinkatu, at the intersection of the Old Student House and the Three Blacksmiths’ Statue at the intersection of Mannerheimintie.

Along the way, the headquarters of the largest banks that held Finnish monetary power, the offices of the insurance and finance companies Pohjola and Sampo, and the Elanto department store, the current Kluuvi Shopping Center, have operated there. At the corner of Central Street stands the World Trade Center.

bustling – at least in its history – the most well-known store in the business center can be considered the Stockmann department store, which originally moved from the Kiseleff House on the corner of Senate Square to the west end of Alex.

In addition, well-known brands have operated along the street, such as the clothing store Kuusinen, Lindroos ‘jewelers’ shop or why not Kalevi Keihänen Spear Travel Agency.

Over the decades, there have been so many attempts, attempts to try, and still trying so many smaller retailers in the cornerstones of value houses that listing them would require history work and a thick book. However, as a general phenomenon, it should be noted that traditional domestic products and “hat and shoe stores” have been replaced by international fashion and clothing brands.

But what now? HS has recently reported on how it has operated since 1967 Aleksi 13 closes his door during the fall. Designer Minna Parika’s shoe store closed its doors on Wednesday.

For years, attempts have been made to breathe life into the historic administrative districts around Senate Square. As is well known, it has required large lungs. The great Stockmann himself has been swimming in trouble for a long time. It has had to adjust its almost timeless brand in the direction of the world of modern consumer tastes.

Consumption and Christmas consumption have largely shifted to the network, shopping malls and perimeter car markets.

The coronavirus took tourists for a long time. Once the pandemic is over, will we see Alex’s new rise? Aleksi is Helsinki’s official Christmas street. Are the already symptomatic lights dimming even now? Will Finland’s main street wither?

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