Our business units

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Career

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Corporate responsibility

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Facts & figures

  • Employees

    In financial year 2016, the Tengelmann Group employed 80,000 people worldwide.

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  • Sales revenue

    In financial year 2016, the Tengelmann Group generated EUR 9.00 bn in net revenue worldwide.

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  • Stores

    In financial year 2016, the Tengelmann Group operated 4,090 stores.

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Our history from 1867-today

  • 1867

    Wilhelm Schmitz-Scholl establishes the company under the name Wilh. Schmitz-Scholl. Its registered purpose is the wholesale of colonial goods of all kinds and the import of coffee and tea.

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  • 1893

    The company Kaffee-Import-Geschäft Emil Tengelmann is registered in the city of Bochum and opens its first store in Düsseldorf.

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  • 1912

    The company launches production at the cacao and chocolate factory in Mülheim-Speldorf.

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  • 1953

    The first Tengelmann self-service supermarket opens in Munich’s Leopoldstraße.

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  • 1968

    Elisabeth Haub lays the foundation for the company’s environmental protection activities by establishing the Karl-Schmitz-Scholl Fund.

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  • 1971

    The Group acquires Kaiser’s Kaffee-Geschäft AG, based in Viersen.

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  • 1972

    The brand discounter Plus is launched with the motto “Prima leben und sparen” (Live well and save).

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  • 1979

    The Group invests in the US chain The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, Inc., Montvale, New Jersey, and gradually increases its holdings to become majority shareholder.

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  • 1984

    Environmental protection activities are expanded across the national network of stores under the in-house environmental label of the frog and turtle.

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  • 2008

    The Tengelmann Klimamarkt, Germany’s first carbon-neutral supermarket, opens in Mülheim an der Ruhr where the company is based.

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  • 2010

    The Group begins to get involved with e-commerce and invests in young start-ups, incl. brands4friends, Zalando, baby-markt.de, Otto Gourmet, Stylight.

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  • 2012

    Tengelmann restructures the real estate activities in Trei Real Estate and integrates its German real estate portfolio. Trei opens its first retail park under the brand name “Vendo Park” in Kyjov, Czech Republic.

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