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Two DIY Lifetime Awards



For the first time, the European DIY-Retail Association has made two simultaneous DIY-Lifetime-Awards in this, the eighth year of the Award’s history: the recipients are Karl-Heinz Knoke and Dr. Gerd Müller-van Ißem, recognised for their lifetime achievements. Previous winners included such retail personalities as Otmar Hornbach (Hornbach Baumärkte), Manfred Maus (Obi), Karlheinz Essl (Baumax) and Klaus Fischer (Fischerwerke). read more…

Employees stand by Max Bahr



The latest developments have been a setback for the 3,600 employees of DIY-chain Max Bahr: the liquidator Dr. Jens-Sören Schröder has announced that arrangements already agreed by creditors, under which the chain would be acquired under an offer made by the Hellweg/Möhrle consortium, has failed. read more…

Hellweg bids for Max Bahr



The Max Bahr liquidator Dr. Jens-Sören Schröder has said negotiations now continue for Hellweg’s proposed acquisition of 78 Max Bahr home improvement stores. Creditors had decided to pursue final talks with the consortium behind the Hellweg bid. read more…




A new Hellweg store opens in Berlin-Kreuzberg on Friday 20 September. It will have a retail sales area of more than 10,000 m² and packed full of the very latest in energy-efficiency technology drawing more than 80 percent of the heat energy required from regenerative sources. It also has one further very special feature: a football pitch on the roof. read more…

Discounts For Flood Victims



Several home improvement retail chains have offered special discounts to victims of Germany’s recent serious river floods. The retailers include the toom chain, which gives flood victims a ten percent discount. René Hassfeld is head of sales for toom Baumarkt: “We want to give flood victims what assistance we can quickly and with the minimum of red tape.” read more…

Hellweg wins the 2013 DIY-Test



On behalf of news broadcaster N-TV the DISQ German Institute for Service Quality has undertaken a fifth undercover survey of home improvement stores. The survey made 108 visits to nine outlets, with the result that the average service level was graded as being good. However, there were some weaknesses – amongst other things, the waiting times customers had to endure. read more…