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.