Bauhaus (hardware store)

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Bauhaus AG

legal form Corporation
founding 1960
Seat Belp , Switzerland
management Stefan Wolsiffer
(Managing Director)
Peter Lutz
( Chairman of the Board )
Number of employees > 34,500 (2018)
sales 6.038 billion euros (2015)
Branch Hardware stores

The Bauhaus AG (proper spelling Bauhaus ) is a trading company based in Belp in Switzerland and currently one of the largest DIY chains in Europe.


Bauhaus Germany headquarters in Mannheim
Building complex of the first Bauhaus in Mannheim, U 3

The company was founded in 1960 by the US model than the first hardware store in Germany by Heinz-Georg Baus established (1934-2016). Previously it was necessary to go from specialty shop to specialty shop in search of tools or building materials. Bauhaus pursued the concept of purchasing under one roof. The first specialist retail store with a sales area of ​​250 m² was located in Mannheim in the U3 square . In addition to a range of around 25,000 self-service products, Bauhaus offered customers a cut for wooden panels, a delivery service and a customer parking space right in front of the door.

Mannheim was followed by branches in Heidelberg and Karlsruhe before the first store opened in West Berlin in 1967 . By the end of the 1960s there were ten branches, in the 1970s there were already three times as many. From the beginning of the 1980s to the end of the 1990s, expansion was mainly concentrated in Germany with 60 new openings. The 100th branch opened in Flensburg in 1989.

The first Bauhaus outside Germany opened in Austria, where the first national subsidiary was founded in 1972. This was followed in 1988 with a new opening in Denmark, the market entry into the Scandinavian countries, in 1993 the first Bauhaus in the former Eastern Bloc countries with a branch in the Czech Republic. Today (as of January 2015) there are Bauhaus in 19 countries with over 250 branches. The German headquarters (Service Center Germany) is still located in Mannheim today.

At the beginning of 2000, Bauhaus held cooperation talks with the American hardware store chain “ The Home Depot ”, which ended without any results. In 2007 the Federal Court of Justice overturned a decision by the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court that prohibited Bauhaus from using a trademark with the addition "The Home Store".

At the end of 2004, Bauhaus, like Praktiker , resigned from the industry association of the Federal Association of German DIY, DIY and gardening stores. Bauhaus also does not belong to any employers' association and is therefore not subject to any collective bargaining agreement . Of the more than 150 Bauhaus branches in Germany, 10 have a works council .

At the end of November 2013 it was announced that Bauhaus would take over 24 Max Bahr branches with around 1,300 employees. Max Bahr previously belonged to Praktiker and had also filed for bankruptcy on July 25, 2013 as a result of Praktiker's bankruptcy . In addition to the more than 20 Max Bahr locations, there are also 4 Praktiker locations.

In 2014 the headquarters were relocated from Zug to Belp .

On March 30, 2020 it became known that the Bauhaus would take over the Bonner Freizeitmärkte Knauber KG , the takeover will take place on July 1, 2020.

A bird's eye view of Bauhaus market in Hennef (2017)
Typical Bauhaus front


In contrast to some other hardware store chains (especially Obi ), Bauhaus branches are not managed in the franchise system, but via regional companies. According to the company, new branches are financed without outside funding and are all owned by the group.

Today, Bauhaus is a (unlisted) stock corporation and is one of the largest hardware store chains in Europe, currently with around 18,500 employees. The group is now managed from the Swiss canton of Bern. With over 30,000 m² of retail space , the Bauhaus in Frechen near Cologne , which opened in 1997 and has since been expanded several times, has been Europe's largest hardware store since April 2010. Previously, this was the title of the Bauhaus in Düsseldorf-Gerresheim with a sales area of ​​28,000 m².

Sales concept

Modern branch with drive-in arena (in Heidelberg )

The range of the Bauhaus branches is divided into several departments, so-called specialist shops, and focuses exclusively on products that can be assigned to the workshop, house and garden areas. The departments are:

  1. Ambience (curtains, interior decoration, sun protection, wallpaper, carpets)
  2. Components
  3. Building materials
  4. Hardware
  5. Electrical / electrical installation
  6. Colours
  7. Tiles
  8. Wood (including parquet, laminate, panels)
  9. to shine
  10. Plumbing / plumbing / bathroom accessories / heating
  11. Garden hardware / plants ("city garden")
  12. Tools / machines

In addition to the normal departmental concept, there are special specialist concepts. Compared to the departments, these offer an expanded range and usually appear under their own name. Part of many branches / branches are garden centers , called "Der Stadtgarten". As with the competitor Hornbach , so-called “ drive-in arenas” are increasingly being set up for building materials and building materials, which are available at over 50 locations (as of January 2015). Another concept is the “swimming pool world”, which goes by its own name and offers products and their installation as a shop-in-shop system. It is now offered at almost 60 locations (as of January 2015). In over 40 branches (as of January 2015) there are so-called "Nautic" departments with a range of boats and accessories for water sports . There is a so-called “tile arena” in seven Bauhaus branches; a department that primarily offers tiles, natural stone slabs and window sills (as of January 2015). In almost all branches there is also a loan service, which mainly offers large devices and machines that are very expensive to buy and are rarely used in the private sector. For tradespeople there is a Plus Card, with which 10% reimbursement is granted from a turnover of 5,000 euros per year.

In spring 2014, Bauhaus added an online shop to its stationary trade.

Shop design

Bauhaus logo at the entrance

The landmark of the facade design has been three connected houses since the early 1980s. They are the official Bauhaus logo (the so-called “conglomerate”, from Latin, means something like “clumped together”) and in many places form the entrance portal to the branches. The current average sales area of ​​the newly opened branches is 20,000 square meters with a mostly elongated facade. A wide central aisle divides the sales area and all departments are arranged along this axis.

Web links

Commons : Bauhaus (hardware store)  - Collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. Commercial Register of the Canton of Bern ( Memento from June 6, 2015 in the web archive )
  2. Bauhaus is working on a new company management. Martin Mehringer, October 5, 2016, accessed on July 16, 2018 .
  3. The TOP 30 of the largest DIY companies in 2015 in figures Baumarkt Manager (PDF); Retrieved November 25, 2016
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  5. ^ Bauhaus International. Retrieved May 26, 2014 .
  6. ↑ Risk of confusion between “The Home Depot” and “Bauhaus The Home Store”. Hanseatic Higher Regional Court, judgment of January 27, 2005, AZ: 5 U 36/04. Retrieved November 28, 2013 .
  7. Bauhaus takes over 24 Max Bahr branches. Spiegel Online, November 28, 2013, accessed November 28, 2013 .
  8. ↑ Extract from the commercial register SHAB: 244/2014 from December 17, 2014 ( online at )
  9. Bauhaus takes over Knauber branches. General Anzeiger Bonn, accessed on June 12, 2020 .
  10. BAUHAUS takes over Knauber Freizeitmärkte. Press release Bauhaus takes over Knauber Freizeitmärkte, accessed on June 12, 2020 .
  11. "The largest hardware store in Europe" , Kabel eins , broadcast "Adventure Life - Daily Knowledge" from June 15, 2010
  12. BÄDERWELT | BAUHAUS. Retrieved March 9, 2018 .
  13. Water sports accessories | NAUTIC | BAUHAUS. Retrieved March 9, 2018 .
  14. Tiles for all areas of application | TILE ARENA | BAUHAUS. Retrieved March 9, 2018 .
  15. Loan service | BAUHAUS. Retrieved March 9, 2018 .
  16. Plus Card at