A black day for the Department store chain Karstadt: 62 stores will close, about 5,000 employees will lose their Job.
The Corona-crisis has, apparently, also the most well-known buying house in Germany a tough go of it. “Galeria, Karstadt, Kaufhof” makes a drastic move. The company will close 62 stores. It was “no alternative”, it was called by the company in a Mail to the employees. These are now desperate.
In “figure” report some employees who will soon be unemployed. An employee of food describes that in a telephone conference, it was announced which locations will have to close. As well as his branch was known, it would have caught all of the cold: “Even the Director had to fight back tears”.
A lack of understanding and tears
Long-term employees report that they have partially made their training in the purchase of the house. Now it is suddenly. A jewelry saleswoman from Nürnbern lets her anger run free: “When I think that now is a Manager again gets millions, that he has driven the company to the wall, I could be insane.”
Many of the over 5,000 affected persons have no understanding of the step. You are convinced that you can also find other solutions. All the desperation to progress, however, stands in the foreground. An employee from Hamburg, reported: “Today, something in me collapsed. We are shocked, many cried.”
Benko held Kaufhof on water
The Galeria, Karstadt, Kaufhof is part of the Signa group of the Tyrolean Investor René Benko, who controls the Kaufhof and Karstadt stores, for example, the Signa Retail, the Immobilienarm of the Signa group. The Corona-crisis care for a pressure to act. Benko is said to have kept company with 140 million on water, Rents were suspended. Also, negotiations with banks for loans took place. However, there was no agreement, why in the beginning of Aprill a protective shield proceedings have been initiated.