Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Bochum, Dortmund
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Cultural And Recreation Goods In Specialised Stores
47.64 - Retail sale of sporting equipment in specialised stores

275 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
5 August 2019
Employment effect (start)
1 August 2019
Foreseen end date
31 October 2019


Sport Voswinkel, a long standing German sporting goods store chain, filed for insolvency in April 2019. In total, 275 jobs are affected, just over a fifth of the total workforce. Measures to recover the company's situation include the closing and sale of 21 of its 72 stores by the end of October. In addition, the goods distribution centers in Bochum and Dortmund will be downsized. The company availed of assets protection over the past three months as in a regular insolvency proceedings and the stores' closures are part of the recovery plan.

Sport Voswinkel could not weather e-commerce competition; the company is a member and a subsidiary of Intersport, a company jointly held by individual sporting goods companies with a store chain and an online store. Sport Voswinkel was founded in 1904 in Bochum and is one of the largest sports chains in Germany.



Eurofound (2019), Sport Voswinkel, Internal restructuring in Germany, factsheet number 98264, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/98264.