Obi (store)

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OBI Bau- und Heimwerkermärkte GmbH & Co. Franchise Center KG
OBI Bau- und Heimwerkermärkte
Subsidiary
IndustryHome improvement
DIY store
Founded1970 (1970) in Hamburg-Poppenbüttel, Germany
FoundersDr. Emil Lux
Manfred Maus
Headquarters,
Number of locations
580[1] (2015)
Areas served
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Austria
  • Hungary
  • Czech Republic
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Switzerland
  • Bosnia Herzegovina
  • Russia
Key people
Sergio Giroldi, CEO
RevenueSteady 6.7 billion euros[1] (2014)
Number of employees
42,000[1] (2015)
ParentTengelmann Group
Websitewww.obi.de

OBI GmbH & Co. Deutschland KG is a German multinational home improvement supplies retailing company. Founded in 1970, Obi 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]

Branches[edit]

Country First store Number of stores Sales (millions)
Germany 1970 354 €3,628.5
Italy 1993 52 €354.0
Austria 1995 82 €327.1
Poland 1998 58[4] €417.7
Czech Republic 1995 33 €297.9
Hungary 1994 29 €211.7
Russia 2003 25 €319.9
Switzerland (partnership with Migros[5]) 1999[5] 10[5] €151.2
Slovenia 1998 8 €50.5
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2003 1 €18.5
Ukraine 2008 3
Slovakia 2008 14


Obi has been present in Switzerland since 1999, in partnership with the Migros cooperative.[5]

It formerly had operations in mainland China but these were sold to B&Q in 2007.[citation needed]

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.
  4. ^ "Ekspansja" (in Polish). Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  5. ^ a b c d "Obi Suisse. Qui sommes-nous ?" (page visited on 30 March 2016).

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