Full steam ahead until the shelves are empty

Full steam ahead until the shelves are empty

A TUTE? "Yes, please!", says the customer. "Schlecker touts will soon no longer exist." If anita gleinser is offended by this sentence, don’t let it show. The manager of the schlecker store in kitzingen’s bohmerwaldstrabe nods, smiles in a friendly manner and wishes everyone a good day. She is a professional – and she loves her job very much. Her words speak volumes: "I like my job". And I make it to the last minute."
Unless a miracle happens, this "last minute" will be the last one will soon be there. Blood red signs with women writing customers for days from the sale. "30 percent off everything!", she looks eagerly at the various groups of goods. Numerous customers are already flocking to the siedlungsschlecker at 9 o’clock in the morning. The shelves are already showing leaks.
At the end of june, the insolvent drugstore chain will be completely shut down nationwide. All employees will receive their notice – no matter how hard they have worked for their stores over the past few years. Several dozen employees are affected in the kitzingen area alone, plus the employees of the likewise insolvent subsidiary ihrplatz.
Anita gleinser is almost a schlecker original. Shortly after the company was founded, the trained pharmacy assistant changed jobs "I couldn’t keep busy at the pharmacy for long" – to schlecker. "I felt at home right from the start." When she was 20 years old, she was given responsibility for her former branch at konigsplatz as a sales outlet manager. "I kept this position for 33 years. It was stressful at times, but in principle it was just like me. It was never boring, tells anita gleinser. A touch of melancholy is mixed in with her happy laughter. She will not only miss the work – from ordering goods to staff scheduling – but above all "the customer contact".
But luckily, anita gleinser is a positive person. She is sure: "it goes on somewhere." Of course she was sad "but that doesn’t change anything". She has already introduced herself to the employment agency. "I want to work, I am motivated and still very dynamic!" The 53-year-old from kitzingen would prefer to continue working in the drugstore sector. But she also wants to look at alternatives, for example the politically motivated retraining in the direction of old people’s care or child education. "You have to be comfortable with that." Whether you can transplant a person like a flower into another pot? "I will inform myself well in any case. In june I have the second appointment at the employment office."
Despite all the pragmatism: if the sporty woman with the stylish short haircut had one wish, then it would clearly be "that perhaps someone would be found at short notice who would at least want to take over the best-selling stores". Anita gleinser sees her branch in the kitzingen district as one of them. "The store here is well received and profitable!"
Then why doesn’t she continue to run it on her own?? "It’s difficult because only bulk buyers get good conditions, explains gleinser. "In general, however, the idea is not so bad. If enough people with knowledge of the industry could be brought together…" But even at the works council meeting on wednesday, no serious thought was given to this. First of all, there are the conditions of the company’s breakup.
Insolvency automatically shortens notice periods. "In principle, however, things are really fair", finds the sales outlet manager. "Despite the insolvency we got our money on time. Vacation and overtime will be credited and paid, we have been assured."
As a senior schlecker employee, did she actually learn about the company’s predicament before the public did?? "No. We suspected that something might be wrong – for example, due to delivery problems – but we were not informed for a long time." It was only in january that the end of the problems became apparent. "From there one knew indeed, it rattles. But the hope was there until the end."
The "schlecker women" could and can do something other than hope hardly do. "You have no influence on the decisions at the top of the company." Some things anita gleinser actually did differently than anton schlecker& co. "I believe that some personnel cuts in recent years and decades were a mistake in the long run. It’s not enough to always just see the current numbers. You also have to consider what influence the human factor has on customer satisfaction."
There are many regular customers in stores like the kitzinger siedlung – either because they like to shop directly in their district, are difficult to fub or simply don’t have a car. "For all these people, schlecker was just part of life. We had a chance to talk to each other and so on."
The only thing that anita gleinser and her three part-time employees can do for the customers now is what they do: "when it was clear that things were going to get tight, i said to my team: we’ll carry on as before, with full commitment." Until the last minute.