History of the HORNBACH Group

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History of the HORNBACH Group

1877

Michael Hornbach, a master slater, establishes a workshop in Landau/Pfalz.

1900

His son, Wilhelm Hornbach, expands his father’s business by adding a construction materials trading business.

Post 1945

Alongside the construction materials trade, the production of domestic and municipal sewage plants becomes an important springboard for further growth in the next generation with Albert and Wilhelm Hornbach junior. For this, HORNBACH moves to Bornheim bei Landau.

1968

Otmar Hornbach, great-grandson of the company founder, takes a pioneering step – opening the first combined DIY store and garden center in Bornheim. This combination is the first of its kind in Europe.

1980

The first large-scale “DIY supermarket”, with sales areas of more than 8,000 m², opens in Karlsruhe. HORNBACH becomes the leading specialist in DIY superstores.

1987

The company holds its first initial public offering (IPO). Its workforce grows to around 1,000 employees.

1991

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, HORNBACH is the first company in the DIY sector to build megastores in the former East in the same way as the West. Dresden is the first such store. At the time, it is Germany’s largest DIY store and already has a drive-in collection point for construction materials.

1993

HORNBACH holds a further IPO: HORNBACH AG is divided into HORNBACH HOLDING AG and HORNBACH-Baumarkt-AG.

1996

Starting in Austria, HORNBACH launches its international expansion.

1999

HORNBACH Baustoff Union GmbH is established. The foundation for the new company is the first Union Bauzentrum Hornbach, which arose from the long-established HORNBACH construction material and tiling outlet in Bornheim bei Landau.

2001

The succession to the fifth generation is complete. Albrecht Hornbach becomes CEO of HORNBACH HOLDING AG, while his brother Steffen Hornbach becomes CEO of HORNBACH Baumarkt AG.

Strategic alliance with the British retail group Kingfisher, Europe’s largest DIY store operator.

2002

HORNBACH celebrates its 125th anniversary and opens its first DIY store and garden center in Switzerland in Littau near Lucerne.

Establishment of the HORNBACH Foundation “People in Need”.

2003

Swedish premiere: the first HORNBACH DIY store in Scandinavia opens its doors in Gothenburg in October. This also marks the birth of a new store type with an integrated drive-in construction materials facility. HORNBACH introduces the drive-in concept to the DIY sector – once again acting as a pioneer.

2004

Another country market is on the agenda: HORNBACH expands to Slovakia, opening its first store in Bratislava.

2005

Opening of a further logistics center in Vilshofen (Lower Bavaria). Alongside Lehrte near Hanover and Essingen in the Palatinate region, this is the third central distribution center to deliver, rearrange, and forward pooled merchandise to the stores.

2007

The first store in Romania opens in Bucharest in June.

2009

HORNBACH positions itself on social media with its first Facebook profile.

2010

HORNBACH launches its online retail under the motto “Hornbach is coming home”. The German online shop goes live at www.hornbach.de (German).

2012

Dutch, Swiss, and Romanian businesses mark their 15th, 10th, and 5th anniversaries.

The HORNBACH Foundation can also look back on ten years.

2013

Opening in March of the “Memorial for Victims of National Socialism” on the site of the former Turenne Barracks in Neustadt – now “Quartier Hornbach” and in company ownership. Link: Gedenkstätte für NS-Opfer (German)

2014

End of strategic alliance with the Kingfisher Group.

Opening of former Praktiker/Max-Bahr stores in new HORNBACH look: Trier, Schwabach, Ulm, Lüneburg, Kamen, and Saarbrücken.

2015

150th HORNBACH DIY store and garden center opens its doors in Geleen, Netherlands.

HORNBACH HOLDING AG is converted into a German partnerships limited by shares: HORNBACH Holding AG & Co. KGaA.

2018

With the launch of its online shop in Romania, HORNBACH now offers multichannel e-commerce retail in all of the countries in which it operates.

HORNBACH celebrates “50 Years of Combined DIY Stores and Garden Centers”.

2019

Erich Harsch joins HORNBACH from the drugstore chain dm and succeeds Steffen Hornbach as CEO of HORNBACH Baumarkt AG.

2021

HORNBACH Baumarkt AG opens two specialist stores for hard floors (“BODENHAUS”) in Berlin and Cologne.

2022

HORNBACH Holding takes HORNBACH Baumarkt AG private. The listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange ends on February 28, 2022.

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