1st generation 1867 - 1887

1867

Wilhelm Schmitz-Scholl founds the company "Wilh. Schmitz-Scholl". The company focuses on the wholesale of colonial goods of all kinds as well as the import of coffee and tea.

1887

Wilhelm Schmitz-Scholl dies at the age of 56. The company passes into the hands of his two sons - Karl and Wilhelm Schmitz-Scholl.


2nd generation 1887 - 1933

1887

The company passes into the hands of his two sons - Karl and Wilhelm Schmitz-Scholl.

1893

The company “Hamburger Kaffee-Import-Geschäft Emil Tengelmann” is registered in the city of Bochum. The name of the company was derived from one of the authorized signatories.

1906

Wilhelm Schmitz-Scholl leaves his executive position and sets up the Rheinische Zuckerwarenfabrik confectioners in Düsseldorf. Karl becomes the sole managing director.

1912

The company launches production at the cocoa and chocolate factory “WISSOL” in Mülheim an der Ruhr.

1933

Karl Schmitz-Scholl dies at the age of 64. His daughter Elisabeth Haub, nee Schmitz-Scholl, and his son Karl Schmitz-Scholl Jr. inherit equal shares of the company and assume the position of managing partners.


3rd generation 1933 - 1969

1933

Karl Schmitz-Scholl Jr. becomes sole managing partner, with his sister Elisabeth Haub as co-partner. The role of the corporation during the Nazi regime is currently the subject of a historical study, the results of which are to be published in 2020.

1953

Opening of the first Tengelmann self-service supermarket in Munich's Leopoldstrasse. This was among the first of its kind in Germany.

1968

Elisabeth Haub lays the foundations for the company’s environmental commitment by establishing the Karl-Schmitz-Scholl Fund.

1969

Karl Schmitz-Scholl dies childless. His nephew, Erivan Haub, becomes the sole managing partner of Tengelmann.


4th generation 1969 - 2000

1969

Erivan Haub becomes sole managing partner of Tengelmann.

1971

The group acquires Kaiser’s Kaffee-Geschäft AG (later Kaiser’s Tengelmann)

1972

The grocery discount retailer Plus opens its first stores.

1979

The group makes an initial investment in the US chain The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P) and gradually increases its holding to become majority shareholder.

1984

Expansion of the environmental commitment under the eco-label of frog and turtle.

1985

The group begins to strategically diversify by gaining a majority share in OBI, a chain of DIY home improvement stores.

1990

Entry into the textile retail business through the takeover of Modea (later Takko).

1993

Tengelmann celebrates its 100th anniversary. This year is also the first year in which sales surpass the 50 billion German Mark threshold. This makes the Group one of the largest food retail chains in the world.

1994

Founding of the apparel and non-food retailer KiK.


5th generation since 2000

2000

Erivan Haub transfers responsibility of operations to his sons Karl-Erivan W. and Christian W. E. Haub and assumes the position of Group CEO.

2003

Tengelmann Group ceases its chocolate production operation and Wissoll is sold.

2004

Founding of non-food discount retailer TEDI.

2009

Merger of Plus with Netto Marken-Discount, a subsidiary of the Edeka group.

2010

The group begins its involvement in e-commerce and participates in the start-up Zalando and Babymarkt. This is the starting point for the venture capital activates of the group.

2012

Following the sale of A&P, Tengelmann, through its subsidiary Emil Capital Partners, launches its new US venture activities focusing on investing in promising start-ups." Tengelmann realigns its real estate activities into Trei Real Estate.

2013

At the age of 80, Erivan Haub resigns from his position on the advisory board of the group.

2016

Kaiser's Tengelmann is sold to the Edeka group at the end of the year.

2017

The Tengelmann Group celebrates its 150th anniversary in September.

2018

On 6 March 2018 Erivan Karl Matthias Haub dies in Pinedale, Wyoming, USA.
Since April 7, 2018 Karl-Erivan W. Haub is missing after a ski tour at the Matterhorn region.
Christian W. E. Haub takes over the sole management of Tengelmann on 17 April 2018.

2019

Tengelmann Warenhandelsgesellschaft KG ceased operations on 12/31/2019. Tengelmann Twenty-One KG takes over operations with a new orientation and strategic focus.