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
  • Slovakia
  • 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
Website www.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)
Flag of Germany.svg Germany 1970 354 €3,628.5
Flag of Italy.svg Italy 1993 52 €354.0
Flag of Austria.svg Austria 1995 82 €327.1
Flag of Poland.svg Poland 1997 46 €417.7
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic 1995 33 €297.9
Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 1994 29 €211.7
Flag of Russia.svg Russia 2003 25 €319.9
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland (partnership with Migros[4]) 1999[4] 10[4] €151.2
Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia 1998 8 €50.5
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia and Herzegovina 2003 1 €18.5
Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine 2008 3
Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia 2008 14


Obi has been present in Switzerland since 1999, in partnership with the Migros cooperative.[4]

It formerly had operations in mainland China but these were sold to B&Q 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. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Obi Suisse. Qui sommes-nous ?" (page visited on 30 March 2016).

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