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Former Schlecker staff member receives money from insolvency administrator

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Status: 07/03/2022 7:37 p.m.

Schlecker’s insolvency in 2012 was one of the largest corporate bankruptcies in Germany. Now, the ex-employees of the drugstore chain should still receive some money – but probably manageable sums.

Helga Bandow worked for Schlecker for 25 years. Hessin, 70, was recently employed as an assistant branch manager. The closure hit her hard at the time. “We were all pissed off.”

The other day she received a letter from Schlecker’s insolvency administrator. “I was completely surprised to hear about the case again,” says Gladenbach’s wife.

Suppliers and craftsmen get nothing

But the letter was disappointing. She reportedly received a transfer of 250 euros in July – nothing more than “unexpected pocket money”. These include claims of former employees on salaries, Christmas and holiday bonuses.

Creditors such as suppliers and artisans, on the other hand, get nothing. These are still claims for damages numbering in the hundreds of millions. The family has now repaid ten million euros to the receiver. In the background, cartel agreements between suppliers, which would have led Schlecker to pay excessively high prices in the past. “We have filed a civil action against this. It is a long process involving several instances,” said insolvency administrator Arndt Geiwitz.

According to Geiwitz, he is preparing total installments of 21.3 million euros. The so-called “Schlecker women” will only receive a small part of it. Former employees cannot expect more than a few hundred euros.

The course of expansion led to bankruptcy

Schlecker, once Europe’s largest pharmacy chain based in Ehingen in Baden-Württemberg, filed for bankruptcy in January 2012. Trained master butcher Anton Schlecker from the small town of Ehingen near Ulm opened his first pharmacy in 1974. Only three years later there were already 100 branches.

Anton Schlecker had to live with criticism from the start. His chain paid less than the collective agreement, and they prevented the establishment of a works council. On the other hand, Anton Schlecker was held in high esteem for being responsible for his business with his private assets.

Moreover, he wanted more and more stores, to keep growing. But customers stayed away. The stores were too small, too old and unattractive. There was not enough money for modern conversions.

The decline of the empire appeared six months before the bankruptcy. In June 2011, Schlecker announced that it would close approximately 10% of its more than 8,000 branches. The reason: they are no longer economical. Then in 2012 bankruptcy. The former largest pharmacy chain in Europe could no longer be saved and disappeared from the market. Around 24,000 employees lost their jobs at the time.

Anton Schlecker still at large

In 2017, Anton Schlecker received a two-year suspended prison sentence for voluntary bankruptcy. Aware of the impending bankruptcy, he had put money aside, the court ruled.

When it came to breaking the news of the bankruptcy, he sent his children Lars and Meike ahead. At a press conference, the girl announced that there were “no more significant assets”. It later turns out that the family had saved millions more. The allegations relate to bankruptcy and breach of trust. The father gets off with a fine, the children have to go to jail – the sentence is two years and seven months. They will be released in early June 2021.

The Schlecker trial at the Stuttgart district court in 2017 cost more than 200,000 euros. The Stuttgart prosecutor’s office shared this on request tagesschau.de With. The costs must be borne by the convicted defendants. A spokeswoman for the Karlsruhe regional finance department would not confirm whether this had already happened.

Bankruptcy proceedings drag on

The remaining claims of former employees continue to exist. Health funds, social insurance and the Federal Employment Agency have also made requests. According to Gallwitz, however, it can only be said at the end of the insolvency proceedings whether and to what extent further payments are possible.

For the moment, he assumes that the process will be completed in two to three years. And maybe Helga Bandow will get another letter from the insolvency administrator.


Source www.tagesschau.de

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