In 1927 when Leo & Kathryn Theisen founded Theisen's and opened their first store, Theisen Battery & Electric at 8th Street in Dubuque, they didn’t realize what Theisen’s would become. Today, Theisen’s is a major player in the retailing industry in Iowa.
The first step towards that prominence came in 1952, when Theisen’s became members of a national buying group, Mid-States Distributing Company, comprised of family-owned independent retailers. Today Mid-States is a multi-billion dollar company with over 600 stores. The Mid-States group includes 40 independent retail chains with total annual sales exceeding $2 billion.
Theisen’s is led by members of the family including Jim Theisen, current President, who joined the Company in 1956 and his sons Tony and Chris Theisen who joined their father in 1987.
Theisen’s currently operates stores in Ames, Anamosa, Cedar Rapids N.E., Cedar Rapids S.W., Charles City, Coralville, Dewitt, Dubuque, Dyersville, Grinnell, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Maquoketa, Marshalltown, Monticello, New Hampton, Newton, Pella, Tipton and Vinton. The corporate headquarters and distribution center is located in a 220,000 square foot facility in Dubuque.