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From Insolvency to Revival: The Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof Story

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 2, 2024
Galeria department store chain undergoes insolvency proceedings

Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof, a department store chain that faced bankruptcy, is now on the path to recovery with the help of the Signa-Conglomerate of companies, led by René Benko. The Essen district court has opened standard insolvency proceedings for the company, allowing creditors to register their claims with the appointed insolvency administrator, Attorney Stefan Denkhaus, who previously served as a provisional administrator.

Since filing for insolvency in January, Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof has been working to navigate its way out of financial instability. The department store chain has already halved its number of branches, with uncertainties remaining about how many will be retained after the sale. The goal is to preserve at least 60 branches, but the final number will depend on ongoing negotiations with landlords to reduce rents and ensure the sustainability of the business.

Discussions are already underway with potential new owners for the company, as the binding offer period has ended. Two bidders with extensive experience in German retail and sufficient funds for the necessary investment are now in final negotiations. The insolvency administrator aims to complete the sale in April, with the final decision to be made by creditors in a meeting scheduled for May 28th.

The insolvency administrator is focused on maintaining a strategic branch network by optimizing rental costs and closing unviable locations if necessary. The future of the remaining Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof stores will be determined by the outcome of negotiations with landlords and the willingness of creditors to support the insolvency plan. The goal is to ensure

By Samantha Nguyen

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