Department Stores in Ruhr

Easy shopping in one location

Written by Garry on


The department store landscape in Germany once offered a varied and lively mix of different brands. However sad facades and the lack of investment indoors led to a slow but sure decline in popularity.

Consumer tastes 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 has helped.

Department stores can be found in most malls and on many high streets.

Galeria Kaufhof

Galeria Kaufhof has eight department stores in the Ruhr region. Apparently ninety percent of Germans recognize the brand Galeria Kaufhof. They sell international brands in the middle and upper middle price ranges. Customers "honour the friendly, open and competent advice" of the staff.

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GALERIA Kaufhof GmbH

Leonhard-Tietz-Strasse 1

50676 Köln , NRW


Phone: +49 221 223 0



Karstadt has six department stores in the Ruhr region, rank eighth on brand recognition in Germany and focus on fashion for all the family, sports, the home as well as timepieces, jewellery and beauty products. An impressive online store is available, though unfortunately only in German.

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KARSTADT Warenhaus GmbH

Theodor-Althoff-Strasse 2

45133 Essen , NRW


Phone: +49 201 727 1