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Täby Centrum in 1976 – With Kitschy Shopping Music

Written by Christopher Alm • November 10th, 2006

This is a cut from a educational promotion film that explains some aspects on why Täby Centrum was built. The film is in Swedish and narrated by the architect of the center who explains some particulars about it. If you look closely you will see the Domus sign in the background on the second floor of the mall. Domus was one of the typical anchor type stores at Swedish malls during the 60s and 70s.

Most of the Domus stores are gone today or have been renamed Coop, which is the new brand for the KF owned stores. Täby Centrum is now the largest indoor mall in Sweden and one of the largest in Europe. It opened september 26, 1968 and had major expansions made in 1991. There are now plans to make it even bigger.

If you like the “happy-go-lucky” type of background music for the video, be sure to download my custom made compilation “Retro Shopping Volume 1 – Music to buy toasters by“.

Christopher Alm

Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • Anonymous

    Visiting Grindtorp as a child made me become an architect!

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Such cool interiors. Makes me wanna go there!

  • Chris

    Yes the interior is very nice! But I expected too see more plants and water which was very common back in the 60s and 70s.

    I’m working on compiling photos and what not of another shopping center in Sweden which I “grew up” with. It looks very Americanised with funky colours, a birdcage, fountains and what not. Stay tuned for more info.

  • Anonymous

    I love the video and music.

  • Nicklas Wiklander

    Where is a original vocies from this movie?

  • Replaced by muzak

  • I suppose not a terrible shame, not like you could’ve added English captions to the video as well, since YouTube does offer that nowadays.

  • Yeah it does make me think of the ones I’ve missed from my childhood.

  • It was only a few lines and nothing of real interest, so no loss really. The clip is part of a longer documentary. So that’s the one to see if you want the whole background to about the new suburbs that appeared outside of Stockholm in the 1950s and 1960s.

  • Can’t believe you’ve stuck around here for 10 years now, I remember you from back in the days on Blogger :)

  • I’m still around, probably not as active here but I only came back while linking someone to an article showing Sweden had enclosed malls as early, if not, before America did. I always like to direct people to the right place!

  • And of course sometimes I get lost as well going through these side articles!

  • Bob van der Meer

    Chris!! I now see that the Retro Shopping Volumes are offline.. Do you still have them and can you maybe send them to me with a WeTransfer link or something? I absolutely loved it hahah

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