Born10 May 1880 (1880-05-10) Aarhus, Denmark Died22 June 1953, Aarhus, Denmark
Ferdinand Christian Salling (10 Maj 1880 – 22 June 1953) was a Danish merchant and entrepreneur who founded one of the largest warehouse chains and companies in Denmark. Ferdinand Salling founded the Salling warehouse chain and the company that would later own most of Dansk Supermarked. Hans Christian Salling married Karen Marie Jensen (1838–1919) on 30 July 1918 and the couple had the son Herman Salling.
Ferdinand Salling's parents were Hans Christian Salling (1841–1923) and Karen Marie Jensen (1838–1919). After completing school Ferdinand was given an apprenticeship at Ulrich Marcussen Fredericia. Salling later moved on to work for P. Sieburg Odense and Alfred Zacho in Randers. In Randers Ferdinand had to manage the store for some time during the illness of his boss. His time in Randers may have given him the experience and confidence his own business. On the 19th October 1906 he opened the store "Ferdinand Salling" in Aarhus. Initially he sold furniture for bedrooms and appliances but the stock soon expanded. In 1912 he moved to larger rooms in Søndergade 27 and later had the building at Søndergade 29 added. The business grew gradually and over time he bought more properties in the vicinity. During the Second World War expansion was stymied but in 1946 thye were resumed.
In 1948 the beginnings of Salling Stormagasin was established. The company was changed to a limited company and at the time it was the largest retail outlet in the city. When Salling died the company was taken over byhs 33 yyear old son Herman Salling.