The history of the German drugstore chain “Schlecker” already began in 1965.The concept of these drugstores develop slowly by changing the family owned butcher shops to the nowadays existing shops. In 1975 the first drugstore was opened. After that an incredible expansion of this concept took place. Already two years later 100 of these shops exists and in 1984 already 1000 of them where founded. This expansion went on until more than 8000 of these shops exist already in the end of the 90th with nationwide more than 35000 employees. And the expansion got international. Schlecker expanded to Austria, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Poland and Italy.
However, despite of this fast development Schlecker regularly came under criticism because of bad working conditions and low wages.
This situation in combination with a slow reaction to upcoming trends as well as big competition due to Rossmann and DM leads to high customer losses for the drugstore chain. In conclusion, Schlecker announced its insolvency in January 2012, as well as for its sub-company “Ihr Platz”, also a drugstore chain.
In March 2012 more than 2000 Schlecker shops have been closed and nearly 12.000 employees out of the actual employed 33.000 workers worry now for their jobs. These employees should be helped due to a transitional company, where they would get a contract for one year including a salary about just 60% of their previous wage. In this year, the employees should be further educated and the transitional company should help them to find a new job due to several measures. However the sourcing of this transitional company is still uncertain. The liquidator asks for a public sourcing of this transitional company which should bear the arising costs of more than 70 million euro.