Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Other Household Equipment In Specialised Stores
47.52 - Retail sale of hardware, paints and glass in specialised stores

1,400 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
24 November 2011
Employment effect (start)
24 November 2011
Foreseen end date


German retail chain of do-it yourself material and equipment Praktiker announced a job reduction up to 1400. In the frame of a wide-reaching restructuring programme Praktiker will close down up to 38 of total 256 stores and dismiss about one third of all administrative staff. Additionally, Praktiker headquarters, currently situated in Kirkel, Saarland, will be merged with Max Bahr headquarter, a do-it-yourself chain of the same group, in Hamburg. Furthermore, the company is to close down its Albanian stores and is considering closing down other European operations.

German union Ver.di criticizes the management for the restructuring measures and pledges for the preservation of the threatened jobs.

There is no information on the timeframe of the restructuring as of now.


  • 25 November 2011: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  • 25 November 2011: Handelsblatt
  • 24 November 2011: Praktiker


Eurofound (2011), Praktiker, Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 72778, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/72778.