‘Spik-Olle’ opened his first Hemköp store in 1952. It was then taken over by Sam Hedenius AB in 1962. 1982 saw the formation of Hemköpskedjan AB under new owners Carnegie AB. In 1988, Axel Johnson AB bought the retail business from Carnegie, becoming the owner of such names as Hemköp, Dagab and Åhléns. The Hemköp chain became part of Axfood when the company was formed in 2000, with Axfood taking on Hemköp’s stock exchange listing. Hemköp’s health focus developed over the next few years. The healthy product series Hemköps Nyttiga was introduced in 2003.
In 2004, Hemköp, Spar and Billhälls stores were brought together under the Hemköp brand, which is made up of its own and proprietor-run stores. 2007 saw the launch of a new loyalty card offering a bonus of up to 2 percent on purchases. The target of 300,000 cardholders was reached in 2009. 2010 is Hemköp first with plastic bags of renewable raw materials and in 2012 about 50 Vi stores was converted to Hemköp. 2013 the customer program was renewed and plastic cards are no longer necessary, an app is available for smartphones.