The baker Tichelkamp has already closed its last branch in downtown Weilheim, the specialist store "Wohnen & Sparen" will close in a few weeks, and the Rewe supermarket on the northern roundabout will close for weeks for renovations - there is a lot of new news from Weilheim business world.
Weilheim – Almost overnight last week, the Tichelkamp bakery branch on Admiral-Hipper-Strasse was suddenly empty: no more chairs and tables, no sign on the door explaining why the branch was closed.
"We had previously informed the store that the branch would be closed," says company boss Rochus Tichelkamp.
One reason is a lack of staff, but much worse the sticks thrown between your feet by politicians.
"The government is destroying us," he scolds, addressing, for example, the Corona aid that is being demanded back - including from him.
In addition, the inner cities have been “dead since Corona”, which is why he prefers to limit himself to branches where there is still something going on, such as at the Hagebaumarkt in Weilheim.
In the city center - formerly Tichelkamp was also on Schmiedstrasse and Ledererstrasse - it no longer makes sense because of the constant construction sites and lack of parking spaces, he says.
"I now have nine branches and a long-standing workforce that fits," says Tichelkamp.
"Not a single one came"
"Wohnen & Sparen" in the Neidhart shopping center is still open for a few more weeks, but sales have been running since this week.
The traditional business, founded in 1965 as Carpet Huber, moved into the 1800 square meter premises in 1999 after merging with another company.
The specialty store offered curtains, floor coverings and carpets, among other things.
But at the end of June it will be over, as managing director Bernd Huber has to announce with a heavy heart.
The Tichelkamp branch on Admiral-Hipper-Strasse has already been cleared.
© Ralf Ruder
The extension of the lease would have been due in June, "and I had to ask myself the question: Can I fulfill it?" says Huber.
Because the lack of staff has badly added to the company, as the managing director says.
For a year and a half he had been looking intensively for new employees, the employment agency had placed 40 to 50 people - "not a single one came".
After two long-time employees left last autumn, there were only part-time employees in the curtains department, for example, and his deputy, who actually had other tasks, had to help out there on a permanent basis.
"It's bitter that a family business that has been going on for decades ends like this," says Huber.
Unsuccessful search for staff
His employees were very close to his heart, some of whom had been with him for a long time and whom he had to lay off.
"Fortunately, nobody is standing on the street, and everyone understood the step, as did the customers we spoke to." The 57-year-old has not yet given any thought to how things will continue for him personally.
At the Neidhart company, authorized signatory Sebastian Schütz is of course disappointed that a good, long-standing tenant has been lost.
"We are already looking for a successor, there are various interested parties," he says.
Now you have to see whether the potential successor needs the entire rooms, whether they can be divided up and what conversion is required.
According to Schütz, it definitely needs to be renovated after almost 25 years.
On the other hand, there will only be a temporary closure at the Rewe supermarket on Narbonner Ring at the roundabout.
From April 14th to May 23rd, the market, which is only around ten years old, will be completely closed, confirms Vice Market Manager Martin Löffler.
"It's so common that the concept is changed every five years and there's a complete change every ten years." At this point, he once again points out that customers must insert a parking disc while shopping, otherwise there is a risk of being hit ticket.