Monday, September 21, 2015

Inside Keranis cigarette factory in Athens

Starting in 1933 and for more than 70 years, this building in Piraeus, near Athens, was the headquarters of Keranis, one of Greece's largest tobacco companies. In its prime, more than 2,500 people were working inside the 28,700 m² (309,000 ft²) factory, manufacturing more than 2.5 million cigarettes per shift and making Keranis the biggest Greek tobacco company. 

Things started to change from the 70s and 80s when more and more Greeks would rather buy imported cigarette brands instead of the Greek ones. In 1998, the family controlling the business sold it to a brokerage firm which shut down a few years later, together with Keranis. Today, the building belongs to an asset management company and it is up for lease. There were plans for the Piraeus courthouse to move inside the abandoned factory but those plans fell through. 


1 comment:

  1. Reported by ANA-MPA on 5-16-16 at ( ) The Greek Finance Ministry is moving from the west end of Syntagma Square, in Athens, to another long-disused Keranis Tobacco building which was acquired by the state, at Thivon Avenue 196-198 in the Agios Ioannis Rendi district near Piraeus.

    (These are wonderful photos and the link to Google Maps is greatly appreciated. Thanks!)


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