Obi (store)

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OBI Bau- und Heimwerkermärkte GmbH & Co. Franchise Center KG
OBI Bau- und Heimwerkermärkte
OBI DIY Stores
Subsidiary
Industry Home improvement
DIY store
Founded 1970 (1970) in Hamburg-Poppenbüttel, Germany
Founders Dr. Emil Lux
Manfred Maus
Headquarters Wermelskirchen, Germany
Number of locations
580[1] (2015)
Areas served
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Austria
  • Hungary
  • Czech Republic
  • Poland
  • Slovenia
  • Switzerland
  • Bosnia Herzegovina
  • Russia
Key people
Sergio Giroldi, CEO
Revenue Steady 6.7 billion euros[1] (2014)
Number of employees
42,000[1] (2015)
Parent Tengelmann Group
Slogan "OBI genial"
Website www.obi.de

Founded in 1970, OBI GmbH & Co. Deutschland KG is the largest DIY retailer in Europe, and the third largest in the world, behind The Home Depot and Lowe's.[2] It is headquartered in Wermelskirchen, Germany,[3] and belongs to the Tengelmann Group.[1]

OBI in Europe[edit]

Country First store Number of stores Sales (millions)
Flag of Germany.svg Germany 1970 331 €3,628.5
Flag of Italy.svg Italy 1993 40 €354.0
Flag of Austria.svg Austria 1995 37 €327.1
Flag of Poland.svg Poland 1997 32 €417.7
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic 1995 29 €297.9
Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 1994 28 €211.7
Flag of Russia.svg Russia 2003 19 €319.9
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland 1999 10 €151.2
Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia 1998 7 €50.5
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina 2003 2 €18.5
Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia 2007 3
Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine 2008 3
Flag of Romania.svg Romania 2008 0
Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia 2008 13


It formerly had operations in mainland China but these were sold to B&Q sometime in 2007.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Das Unternehmen". Obi.de. OBI Group Holding SE & Co.KGaA. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  2. ^ OBI Press releases
  3. ^ "Press contact". Obi.de. OBI Group Holding SE & Co.KGaA. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 

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