coop eG

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coop eG

legal form registered cooperative
founding 1899
Seat Kiel
management Dierk Berner , Norman Boje, Gregor Bunde
Number of employees 21 (in Schwentinental , as of October 2019)
sales EUR 15.0 million (as of the end of 2018)
Branch Asset management

A former Sky branch in Itzehoe
A former Wandmaker branch in Heide

The coop eG (until June 2006 still coop Schleswig-Holstein eG ) is a cooperative based in Kiel in Schleswig-Holstein . With over 80,000 members (as of 2017), it was one of the largest consumer cooperatives in Germany before concentrating on asset management with real estate and company investments.


Local beginnings around the turn of the century

In 1899 the General Consumer Association for Kiel and the Surrounding Area (AKVK) and in 1904 the consumer association for Lübeck and the surrounding area was founded. The National Socialists forcibly liquidated the AKVK in 1935.

Postwar re-foundations and subsequent mergers

After the Second World War , eleven consumer cooperatives were re-established in Schleswig-Holstein in 1946; Lübeck had been part of the province of Schleswig-Holstein since the Greater Hamburg Act . The self-service was introduced 1,953th In 1963 Germany's first consumer cooperative supermarket opened in Kiel. Six stores belonging to the Eklöh Group North were taken over in 1965.

Logo until 2004
COOP display in the Hamburg cooperative museum

In 1972, all of the former consumer cooperatives in the state were united in the coop Schleswig-Holstein eG. 1986 the takeover of the coop Lüneburger Heide , Wittingen ( Lower Saxony ), 1988 the takeover of Wandmaker GmbH, Tellingstedt .

Difference to co op AG

The coop Schleswig-Holstein eG was one of the few consumer cooperatives in the Federal Republic of Germany that remained independent in the 1970s and 1980s and was not merged with the Frankfurt co op AG . Today's coop eG was therefore not affected by the coop scandal that was uncovered in 1988 , as a result of which the then coop AG was finally broken up.

Further expansion in the 1990s

Together with the consumer cooperative Dortmund - Kassel , the production , the former consumer cooperative in Hamburg ( PRO ), was taken over from 1990 to 1992 . In 1993 the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania logistics center in Güstrow was completed. In 1994 the Kiel regional warehouse was expanded and the Sky brand was 20 years old. In addition, aid was successfully transported from Kiel to Kaliningrad with a Coop truck.

In 1995, the coop Schleswig-Holstein eG operated more than 50 PRO-MV supermarkets, Sky consumer markets, Plaza SB department stores as well as construction and garden centers in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Brandenburg . In the same year, the Prima range was introduced with items at discount prices . From 1997 to 2007 there was a purchasing alliance with BBB & R (Bela, Bünting, Ratio, Meyer + Beck); the Coop stores gradually became Sky . In 1999 the sales area was expanded to Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria through the takeover of Coop Ulm . These markets also became Sky .

The company was a product partner at the Expo 2000 in Hanover . According to Lebensmittel Zeitung, the company generated a deficit of one million DM. In 2005, the own brand Unser Norden was presented at Wandmaker, Plaza and Sky. In June 2006, the meeting of representatives decided to change the company name: coop Schleswig-Holstein eG became coop eG. The supermarkets run under the name Wandmaker were gradually converted to Sky for smaller markets or to Plaza for larger markets.

Cooperation with Rewe and gradual withdrawal from retail

From 2008, coop eG worked together with the REWE Group as part of a purchasing alliance.

In December 2009, the store network in the southern sales area with 39 hypermarkets in the Ulm region (approx. 1,140 employees, sales of 150 million euros) and a central warehouse (45,000 m², 119 employees) were sold to the Rewe Group in Cologne and the stores in the Sequence switched to the Rewe brand.

On January 1, 2014, the 19 branches of the Unser Norden country bakeries were sold to Heinrich von Allwörden GmbH, Mölln.

Logo of the supermarkets north
A Sky branch in
Ribnitz-Damgarten that is being renamed REWE

In 2016, the cooperative was heavily in debt. Therefore, the coop eG founded a joint venture with the Rewe Group, into which it contributed its entire operational business. Rewe took over the lead in the joint venture. The headquarters and seat remained in Kiel. All operational supermarket business (especially the 170 Sky supermarkets and plaza construction and garden centers with a total of approximately 9,000 employees and a turnover of approximately € 1.3 billion) was in the Vertriebs GmbH & Co. KG Supermarkets North transferred . From 2016, the REWE Group initially held 55%, and Coop eG 45%.

The plaza brand was abandoned and all sky and skyXXL supermarkets were gradually switched to REWE by mid-2019. The own brand Unser Norden was merged with REWE Regional and offered for a transitional period under the name Unser Norden - REWE Regional in the markets of the supermarkets North . The local supplier TopKauf was reflagged to the REWE brand nahkauf . Also in 2019, the Danish sky-Graensebuttiker were converted to REWE-Graensebuttiker and the Swedish sky Discount Sverige to REWE Stormarknad Sverige .

In mid-2019, the former Sky and Plaza stores in Kiel and Lübeck were the last to be converted. The brands sky and plaza had disappeared for good.

In the course of 2019, coop eG gradually reduced its stake in the northern supermarkets and finally gave it up completely. With the sale of the last shares to REWE, coop eG said goodbye to retail, its previous core business.

The northern supermarkets were dissolved in 2020 and the affected markets were integrated into the respective regional networks north and east of Rewe Markt GmbH . The merger was accompanied by job cuts in the Kiel headquarters of the former North Supermarkets . Some of the jobs should be moved to the regional administration of REWE in Norderstedt .

Former sales lines

After giving up the Wandmaker brand, coop eG still had the sales lines sky , sky-center , sky-xxl , plaza , plaza Bau- & Gartencenter and TopKauf . After the gradual sale of the operational business to Rewe, all stores were converted into REWE , REWE City , REWE Center and nahkauf between 2016 and 2019 . This means that all of the coop eG brands have disappeared.

Today's company

The coop eG is a company in the legal form of a registered cooperative , which after the sale of the operating food - retail is active only in the provision of benefits to its cooperative members, the real estate management and development and asset management at REWE. The coop has around 77,200 members (as of December 31, 2018) with a credit balance of € 83.4 million and employs 21 people.

The coop eG holds the ownership of 41 properties (end of 2018), which are leased to Supermarkets Nord GmbH & Co. KG 31st It generates a turnover of approx. € 13.8 million from the rental of its properties in particular and thus has an equity ratio of 83.2%.

Web links

Commons : Coop eG  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b job advertisements., accessed on October 30, 2019 .
  2. a b c d Annual Report 2018 . (In the members area of ​​ [accessed on April 5, 2020]).
  3. a b Ulrich Metschies: Coop's future is now called Rewe . In: Kiel News . No. 132 . Kiel June 8, 2016, p. 8 .
  4. Rewe takes over Sky-Markt. In: Südkurier . January 22, 2010.
  5. Cartel Office agreed. Rewe takes over Sky stores ( Memento from January 12, 2010 in the Internet Archive ). In: Rheinische Post Online. December 5, 2009.
  6. coop eG: Press release on the sale of a country bakery , accessed on January 26, 2016.
  7. a b Coop surrenders all of the retail to Rewe. In: Kieler Nachrichten of June 22, 2019. Retrieved on March 5, 2020 .
  8. Local suppliers in the north are rearranging themselves
  9. Now it is switched to Rewe in Kiel. In: Kieler Nachrichten of March 13, 2019. Retrieved March 5, 2020 .
  10. sky-XXL becomes Rewe. In: Lübecker Nachrichten of January 31, 2019. Accessed March 5, 2020 .
  11. Rewe takes over stores and employees. In: Kieler Nachrichten of January 18, 2020. Retrieved March 5, 2020 .
  12. coop eG - partner “Schleswig-Holstein. The real north. ” Economic development and technology transfer Schleswig-Holstein GmbH, accessed on March 7, 2018 .

Coordinates: 54 ° 19 ′ 11 ″  N , 10 ° 11 ′ 53 ″  E