• Who we are

    The Tengelmann Group is an international multi-sector retailer operating in 19 European countries. This family-owned business was established in 1867 in Mülheim an der Ruhr and is now in its fifth generation of management. More information about the company
  • Awarded

    Maintaining a balance between work and family life is one of the key prerequisites for establishing a strongly positive corporate culture. The Tengelmann Group supports this balance with various measures and has now been awarded for its commitment with the German “berufundfamilie” (“work and family”) certificate. Learn more
  • Find out the latest news

    Visit our extensive media section for all the latest news and information about the Group. The section also contains a downloadable version of our annual report for 2014. Further information
  • Offering new perspectives and opportunities

    We are an attractive training organisation. Possible career entryways include conventional apprenticeships, trainee programmes and work-study programmes combining theory and practise and leading to a university degree. Your entry opportunities
  • Because we care about the environment

    With a variety of proactive measures in the areas of “environmental protection”, “employees” and “corporate citizenship”, the Tengelmann Group is acting today to preserve the livelihoods of future generations. Sustainability at Tengelmann

Our business units

Find out more about the retail, real estate and e-commerce business segments of a major international retailer.

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Our publications

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Start a new chapter in your career. Find out more about the working environment of Tengelmann Group for our site at Mülheim an der Ruhr.

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Corporate responsibility

Find out more about the responsible ways in which our Group deals with people and the environment.

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Facts & figures

  • Employees

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

  • Sales revenue

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

  • Stores

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


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.

  • 1893

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

  • 1912

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

  • 1953

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

  • 1968

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

  • 1971

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

  • 1972

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

  • 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.

  • 1984

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

  • 2008

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

  • 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.

  • 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.