Hornbach (retailer)

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Hornbach Holding AG/
Hornbach Baumarkt AG
ISINDE0006084403 Edit this on Wikidata
IndustryRetail (Home Improvement)
Founded1977
HeadquartersNeustadt an der Weinstraße/
Bornheim, Germany
Key people
Albrecht Hornbach
Steffen Hornbach
ProductsHome improvement products such as home appliances, tools, household hardware, and garden supplies & plants.
Number of employees
19,500 (2018)
Websitewww.hornbach.com
Hornbach activities
A Hornbach store

Hornbach is a German DIY-store chain offering home improvement and do-it-yourself goods. Until March 2014, it was 21% owned by Kingfisher plc, a UK company, who also own the B&Q and Castorama DIY chains. Kingfisher sold off the interests as it was planning expansion in new markets that would be in direct competition with Hornbach. Kingfisher has since launched its Screwfix stores in Germany and Brico Dépôt stores in Romania, where Hornbach operates.

In the full fiscal-year 2007/2008 the net profit slumped 24% to 48 Mio. € after the company spent more on advertising and new stores.[1]

History[edit]

In the 1960s, the Wilhelm Hornbach OHG was in a bad state, so his grandson Otmar Hornbach launched the idea of a do-it-yourself home improvement store after a visit to the United States. The business was filed on the stock exchange in 1987 and has expanded to a chain of 144 stores.

Otmar Hornbach died on 2 August 2014.[2]

Hornbach in Europe[edit]

Country First store Number of stores
Germany 1968 99
Austria 1996 13
Netherlands 1997 15
Luxembourg 1998 1
Switzerland 2002 6
Czech Republic 1998 10
Sweden 2003 5
Slovakia 2004 4
Romania 2007 6

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