The branches in Neunkirchen and Trier are closed. The two branches in Saarbrücken will remain.

Clearcut at Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof - Neunkirchen also closes

Galeria Kaufhof, about dts
Galeria Kaufhof, about dts
First details of the upcoming branch closings of the Galeria Karstadt-Kaufhof empire are known: 62 branches are closed at least, up to 7500 part-time employees have to go. The Neunkirchen branch is closed.

The 6000 full-time employees (7500 part-time) are to be transferred to a transfer company. In addition to the department stores, around 20 “Karstadt Sports” stores are also slated to close.

There was also talk of 100 of the 130 travel agencies closing. It is not yet clear whether this measure will also be implemented.

The collective agreement concluded at the end of 25.000 is to apply to the remaining 2019 employees of the group.

The Süddeutsche Zeitung continues to report that this agreement is subject to the proviso that the remaining landlords cut rents. If the landlords refused, further branches would be closed.

Cities such as Mönchengladbach, Duisburg, Dortmund and Gummersbach are affected by the closures, reports the Süddeutsche.

Neunkirchen and Trier are closed

Ver.di announced a few minutes ago that the branches in Neunkirchen and Trier will be closed. There are currently 60 employees in Neunkirchen and 70 in Trier. They should switch to a transfer company for at least six months. The branches in Saarbrücken are apparently spared the closure.

The announced bankruptcy plan will be presented to the Creditors' Committee on Monday. If this does not agree, Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof would have to file for bankruptcy.

Die Saarbrücker SPD-Bundestagsabgeordneten Josephine Ortleb sagte zur Entscheidung: „Die Standorte der Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof Warenhaus-Gruppe in Saarbrücken sind nicht von der Schließung betroffen – eine gute Nachricht mit einem bitteren Beigeschmack. Denn aufgrund der Misswirtschaft der Geschäftsführung werden in ganz Deutschland Standorte schließen und Beschäftigte ihren Job verlieren. Die Arbeitnehmerinnen und Arbeitnehmer sind die Leidtragenden einer verfehlten Unternehmensstrategie. In Neunkirchen sehen wir, dass die Schließung des Kaufhof-Standorts ein harter Einschnitt für die Stadt und die Menschen vor Ort bedeutet. Für die Standorte in Saarbrücken bedeutet diese Entscheidung aber auch, dass nun Maßnahmen getroffen werden müssen, die die Unsicherheiten der Beschäftigten langfristig beseitigen. Jetzt gilt es in enger Abstimmung mit der Gewerkschaft ver.di, eine sozialverträgliche Planung der nächsten Schritte zu erarbeiten.“

Group in trouble for a long time

The corona crisis visibly aggravated the situation around the group, but the company has been fighting for economic survival for a long time. The group apparently wants to use the protective shield procedure to separate itself from contaminated sites and a large workforce.

The group accumulated a loss of 600 million euros in four years alone. Last year the group loss was almost 80 million euros.