The department store landscape in Germany once offered a varied and lively mix of different brands. Dated facades and the lack of investment indoors led to a slow but sure decline in popularity. Consumer tastes have changed leaving all but two major chains behind.
They are Karstadt and Kaufhof. Following even more restructuring and closure of stores, the market place is stabilising a little and shoppers have returned again to this once magnificent idea. Modernisation and re-branding is helping to attract new groups of clientele.
Lively department stores can be found in most malls and on several high street corners.