Austrian DIY chain Bauhaus is to enter the market, with two outlets in Szigetszentmiklós and Dunakeszi.
The company started to advertise senior and middle management positions, though the times of the shop openings are yet to be announced. Bauhaus’s website says 120 thousand products will be sold at stores, a range much more sizeable than the present actors’ 50-70 thousand stock. Large floor-area DIY chains are presently represented by five international companies; Praktiker and OBI the two leaders, Baumax aiming to shoot ahead, Bricostrore presently small, and Platform targeting craftsmen through retail. Innovative ideas are successful across national borders.
Bauhaus has proved this with more than 180 branches in Europe. As a pioneer of specialist trade for everything to do with workshop, house and garden Bauhaus opened the first specialist shopping center in Mannheim back in 1960. Under a single roof, it combined the wide offering of the individual specialist shops and the self-service concept allowed a whole new shopping experience. The friendly interior design of the stores and the clear division into specialist departments creates a special shopping atmosphere throughout Europe. At the same time, all the Bauhaus branches take account of local traditions and market conditions. It means that private customers, craftsmen and small businesses in Germany, Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Slowenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey, and from now on, in Hungary find a broad range of quality products. And Bauhaus is still on the look out for new locations. (Napi Gazdaság, bauhaus.info)