EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof

Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof

Geographic Location

Country: Germany


Sector: Retail
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
46.16 - Agents involved in the sale of textiles, clothing, fur, footwear and leather goods
Number Employed: 28000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 18-06-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 3750
Planned Job Reductions max: 4750
Type of Restructuring: Closure
Employment Effect Start: 18-06-2020
Other Job Reduction Measures: 3750

Additional Information

As announced on 18 June 2020, the German department store chain Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof, will close 62 out of its 172 department stores, causing approximately 5,000 to 6,000 job cuts as part of the restructuring programme negotiated between management, works council and trade unions. Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof has been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis and is expecting a loss of sales of approximately €1.4 billion until 2022, making a restructuring programme necessary, for the company to survive. Cuts will also include 150 employees at headquarters in Cologne and 25 travel agencies as well as the closure of 20 of the 30 Karstadt Sports stores. All affected employees will have access to a social plan and a transfer company, while the remaining employees will have guaranteed employment until 2024.  

Currently, Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof has approximately 28,000 employees. 


Update 17 July 2020: As announced on 17 July 2020, Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof has will close only 50 department stores. In last minute negotiations with landlords, Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof was able to avoid the closure of 12 stores and save approximately 1,250 jobs - reducing the number of cuts to between 3,750 and 4,750.

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