Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Other Household Equipment In Specialised Stores
47.5 - Retail sale of other household equipment in specialised stores

2,300 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
28 November 2013
Employment effect (start)
28 November 2013
Foreseen end date


DIY chain Max Bahr, a subsidiary of insolvent Praktiker, is to cut up to 2,300 jobs in Germany. This is due to insolvency.

In total, Max Bahr employs 3,600 people in 74 stores. 24 stores will be acquired by German DIY chain Bauhaus and 1,300 jobs will be safeguarded.

The company filed for insolvency in July, just after its parent company Praktiker. Attempts to find an investor failed in November. 

UPDATE 04-12-2013: DIY chain Hagebau announced the acquisition of 7 additional Max Bahr stores, of which 4 in Hamburg and one in Rostock, Luebeck and Neumuenster. As to date, it is unclear, how many jobs the take-over will save.


  • 4 December 2013: tagesschau
  • 4 December 2013: n-tv
  • 28 November 2013: manager magazin
  • 29 December 2013: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


Eurofound (2013), Max Bahr, Bankruptcy in Germany, factsheet number 76294, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/76294.