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Entrance at the ZOB, 2018
Entrance to Obermarktstrasse

The Obermarktpassage was a shopping arcade in the East Westphalian city ​​of Minden in North Rhine-Westphalia . In addition to the town hall as an event space, it comprised a large shopping center, several individual offices rented to medical practices and a large underground car park .


The Obermarktpassage is located in the southern shopping area of downtown Minden in a 1B location. To the east is the central bus station (ZOB) . The western entrance to the Obermarktpassage is in the front of the houses on Obermarktstrasse, a shopping street designed as a pedestrian zone .


The Obermarktpassage was built from 1983 and opened in spring 1985. Previously, historic buildings in need of renovation had been demolished on the site and the site to the east to make room for the Obermarktpassage and the new ZOB. The Obermarktpassage opened with a total of 40 shops, five medical practices and several offices. The town hall and 69 apartments are located above the three business floors. The city of Minden is the owner of the town hall, which has been closed since 2012.


In the meantime, Wiesbadener Secure owned the Passage, which went bankrupt in 2010 . The US investor Cerberus Capital Management took over ownership of the Obermarktpassage from the insolvency administrator in 2013.

retail trade

In 2009 the technical department store Quelle moved out of the first floor , and in the same year the grocer Real also closed downstairs . The grocer Kaufland moved in in September 2010. At that time he became the only grocer left in downtown Minden . The branch closed on September 30, 2017, along with four other stores. In June 2018, the last retailers and snack bars on the lower floors were canceled. This means that the entire lower floor is empty. What remains are two medical practices on the upper floors, one of the doctors owns his practice. Both have been in the Obermarktpassage since 1985.

underground car park

The underground car park with 487 spaces was operated by Contipark Parkgaragengesellschaft . It was expanded when the neighboring central bus station was built and additional spaces were added under the central bus station. The operator of the underground car park was terminated in 2018 and the underground car park closed.

Web links

Commons : Obermarktpassage Minden  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Shopping a journey through time. In: Hello Minden. accessed on January 27, 2017.
  2. a b Last shops have to go. In: Mindener Tageblatt. June 15, 2018.
  3. How should things go on with the Obermarktpassage? City of Minden: press release. December 22, 2016, accessed June 17, 2018.
  4. Obermarkt owner files for bankruptcy. In: New Westphalian. October 20, 2010, accessed June 17, 2018.
  5. ↑ The city ​​paints a gloomy picture. In: Mindener Kurier. September 15, 2017. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  6. Homepage Contipark underground car park Obermarktpassage , accessed on June 17, 2018.
  7. Mindener Tageblatt: The Obermarktpassage car park will be closed, paid edition from August 21, 2018, accessed on July 1, 2019

Coordinates: 52 ° 17 ′ 10.9 ″  N , 8 ° 54 ′ 54.9 ″  E