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Do you also wonder why the prices at Saturn and MediaMarkt are always so miraculously similar? Or why is your HL store around the corner quickly turning into a minimal with exactly the same faces at the checkout?

There is a method to wondering: Saturn and MediaMarkt both belong to the Metro Group, HL and Penny to the Rewe Group. So that you are familiar with the jungle of mega-corporations and can see through every group formation immediately, we have put together the subsidiaries of the most important retail chains for you.

The Metro Group represented. The origins of the retail giant lie in Stralsund, where Leonhard Tietz opened a short, white and woolen store in 1879, the forerunner of Kaufhof AG. In 1996, Kaufhof merged with other companies to form Metro AG. The first Metro Cash & Carry store, on the other hand, was founded as early as 1964: by Otto Beisheim, one of the pioneers in retail at the time.

Source: Metro-Handelslexikon 2006/2007, page 18

More than 3,000 independent Rewe merchants still make up the livelihood of the Rewe group: Due to the cooperative company structure, these merchants are also owners of the trading group. That was already the case in 1927, when the Rewe headquarters in Cologne was founded by 17 purchasing cooperatives. Today the trading group employs over 180,000 people.

Source: Metro-Handelslexikon 2006/2007, page 17

The name is relatively unknown AVA group, the "General Trading Company of Consumers AG". The AVA was created in 1975 through the transformation of a regional consumer cooperative in the East Westphalia-Lippe area. Today, AVA, which includes Marktkauf and Edeka, looks beyond regional borders: In February 2003, a Marktkauf shopping center was opened in Moscow.

Source: Metro-Handelslexikon 2006/2007, page 17

The "Aldi Equator" from the Lower Rhine via Siegen and Gießen to Fulda still divides Germany into north and south. The two Albrecht brothers, Karl and Theo, have been running their own companies since 1961. Aldi was founded by both of them together: In 1946 in Mühlheim an der Ruhr. The "ALbrecht DIscount" is still very important to housewives today: 50 percent of them shop at Aldi at least once a month.

Source: Metro-Handelslexikon 2006/2007, page 18

The is now represented in 18 European countries Schwarz group of companies. The main driver behind the expansion of this company is its subsidiary Lidl, which has around 6,000 branches in Europe. However, the Schwarz Group has recently fallen into disrepute: trade unions denounce the poor working conditions and the monitoring of employees in sharp tones.

Source: Metro-Handelslexikon 2006/2007, page 18

In 1867 it was Wilhelm Schmitz-Scholl who did the Tengelmann Group founded. At that time the company was still a large coffee roastery. The first Tengelmann branch was founded in Düsseldorf in 1893, and self-service shops were added later. Today, customers can shop in over 7,000 group stores worldwide and are served by over 180,000 employees.

Source: Metro-Handelslexikon 2006/2007, page 19

The Karstadt Warenhaus AG has been part of KarstadtQuelle AG since 1999, together with Quelle and Neckermann. The traditional history of the group began in 1881 when Rudolph Karstadt opened his first "cloth, manufacture and confection shop" in Wismar. The company went public as early as 1923, and Neckermann Versand was taken over in 1977.

Source: Metro-Handelslexikon 2006/2007, page 20

Franz Bruch, founder of the first Globus department store in 1828, would become one of the Globus hypermarkets visit, he would be proud of the fact that the trading group is still family-owned to this day. With over 90 companies in three sales channels, Globus is a fixture in Germany with around 21,000 employees.

Source: Metro-Handelslexikon 2006/2007, page 20