UNI Group Adapts to Challenges with Strategic Expansion and Sustainable Growth

Unimarkt branches transitioning into franchises

Despite facing challenges this year, the UNI Group is focused on sustainable growth and strategic expansion. The online shops within the group were not profitable and had to be closed. However, the know-how gained from this venture will be utilized in Nah&Frisch hybrid markets within the group.

Following a ruling by the Constitutional Court regarding opening times, the 17 locations in UNIBox are facing changes in their schedules and operations. All Unimarkt branches are set to be converted into franchises by 2024/25, with 65 out of 124 locations already being managed by franchise partners. Despite these challenges, the group achieved total sales of around 474 million euros during the financial year 2023/24, showing a promising increase from the previous year.

Unimarkt now operates two hybrid locations and sees this concept as the future of its operations amidst challenges in finding employees. The group consists of UNIWholesale, UNILogistik, Unimarkt Handels GmbH, and 50% ownership of the convenience supplier unik, which achieved sales of 87 million euros in the previous financial year. With around 3,100 employees, the group remains focused on sustainable growth and strategic expansion.

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