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Tchibo looking to leave UK market

Published: 27 January 2009
German coffee and homeware chain Tchibo looks like exiting the UK market following the closure of concessions up-and-down the country.
Tchibo looking to leave UK market
Rumours about the firm's commitment to the UK circulated towards the end of last year.

Leading the company to announce it will close its concessions in Somerfield and Sainsbury's supermarkets in 2009 as a result of the 'harsh conditions' in the high street.

Now the leases on Tchibo's 50 standalone stores in the UK are reportedly up for sale.

Tchibo sells a range of kitchenware and other housewares alongside other non-food products, as well as operating coffee shops.

It's been a diffcult start to the year for the firm who outraged Germans with its new 2009 advertising campaign earlier with petrol from Esso.

The campaign used the slogan 'To Each His Own', which was also used at the entrance to the Buchenwald concentration camp.

Comments

Published prior to March 2014
By Disappointed
I'm very sad to see Tchibo stores going from the UK. I just checked online for a product and was faced with a 12.95 delivery charge, which promptly made me cancel my purchase. I hope Tchibo think carefully before this rash exit.
Published prior to March 2014
By Anne Miller
Love Tchibo but online p&p now too expensive and not the same range in shops,what to do? Several bigger stores instead of lots of very small might be the answer. Hope so.
Published prior to March 2014
By linda Leggett
Really sorry to find Tchibo leaving uk. Used to get it from Germany , now will have to find another source . Catalogue shipping charges have risen drastically but is the only way to get in uk.
Published prior to March 2014
By DENISE SALINGER
SURELY RETAINING A FEW STORES (FLAGSHIP) WOULD STILL CREATE BUSINESS AND KEEPING A FOOTHOLD IN UK WOULD INCREASE THE CATALOGUE BUSINESS. I LOVE TCHIBO AND WILL BE VERY SORRY TO SEE YOU GO.

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