Hornbach (retailer)

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Hornbach Holding AG/
Hornbach Baumarkt AG
IndustryRetail (Home Improvement)
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)
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]


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] Accused as racist and hate advertisement video in 2019. [3]

Hornbach in Europe[edit]

Country First store Number of stores
Flag of Germany.svg Germany 1968 99
Flag of Austria.svg Austria 1996 13
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 1997 13
Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg 1998 1
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 2002 6
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic 1998 10
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 2003 5
Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia 2004 3
Flag of Romania.svg Romania 2007 6


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