This leading supermarket has grown to its present stature from a local grocery store in the small town of Oostzaan, North Holland, making it the oldest still-operating grocers in the country – boasting 125 years chock full of innovative growth. Much of what the Dutch today take for granted in their supermarket, from self-service to saving-point schemes, from loyalty cards to delivery service, and from house brands to supermarket-sponsored magazines featuring recipes and shopping tips, was championed by Albert Heijn. To illustrate this innovation, four stamps were designed with separate images and icons that, together, tell the story of how Albert Heijn has developed since it started out in 1887. The placement of the icons over the photos gives a sense of a continuum between the origins of Albert Heijn and its present-day operations.
Ten self-adhesive stamps featuring four different designs are included on the Albert Heijn 2012 stamp sheet, with a repeating pattern printed on the sheet's reverse. In addition to the stamp sheet, a stamp booklet and a first day cover* will also be issued. The stamps are available while stocks last from the Collect Club in Groningen, online at www.collectclub.nl and from Bruna bookshops and Albert Heijn supermarkets. The stamps are valid until further notice.
* a NVPH product
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About Albert Heijn
In 1887 Albert Heijn and his wife Neeltje took over his father’s store. In 1895 he opened a second store in Purmerend, followed by branches in Alkmaar and The Hague. The business rapidly expanded and by 1920 Albert Heijn had 72 stores and 500 employees. In 1980 this had grown to 364 stores and 38,000 employees. Today Albert Heijn has over 850 stores and employs some 100,000 people in the Netherlands.