Store chain Real has been pulling for months. It is now clear when the doors of the other nine branches will finally close.
The Real department store chain is closing nine additional stores. As announced by the company, this brings the total number of locations to 43. Food newspaper first reported. The first homes will close at the end of January.
The following branches are affected:
- Schweedt an der Oder (January 31)
- Mutterstad (31. January)
- Blankenburg (April 30)
- Bruhl (May 31)
- Witten (May 31)
- Menden (31st Mai)
- Ness (May 31)
- Norden (June 30)
It happens in the markets
This means that now 43 closings are known (Read here and which places are affectedAccording to the food newspaper, the fact that the markets of Schweedt and Mutterstadt close at the end of January has long been known internally. However, information on the official list of actual locations was not available earlier.
However, only the locations in Blankenburg and Nice will actually remain closed. In all other markets, renovation work has to happen before new dealers can pick up homes. These haven’t been decided yet. According to the food newspaper, merchants from Edeka and Edeka Group have expressed interest in the Mutterstadt and Schweedt and Brühl locations.
Competition watchdogs have been investigating takeovers in the food business for years. Because the food trade in Germany today is already highly concentrated. However, Globus has already received the green signal for a branch in Dortmund-Epplerbeck. The Saarbrücken-Dudweiler location also moved to Globus after the intervention of competition officials. Edeka initially showed interest here.
Hope for three more places
The Espelkamp, Monschau and Wetzlar locations were already on the list to be closed, but were again dropped from the list. So new conversations or possibilities appear.
Competitors such as Edeka or Kaufland have already taken over and relaunched many markets, and many other markets have yet to make the move. The Reeve Group has also been involved since last summer. The future of about 100 branches is still unclear.
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