The drugstore chain dm mourns the loss of one of its founders: Günter Bauer, partner of dm in Austria, is dead. He founded the company there in 1976 with his friend Götz Werner.
He made the drugstore chain dm big in Southeastern Europe, now Günter Bauer, co-founder of the Austrian dm-Markt, has died at the age of 76. This was announced by dm Austria. Bauer was Chairman of the Management Board of dm Austria until 2008 and was active on the Supervisory Board of dm Germany until the end of 2017. He was a long-time friend of Götz Werner, the founder of the entire dm group.
Bauer pushed the development of dm Austria significantly in 1981 with the takeover of the Vita drugstores: 60 locations were added at one stroke – the Austrian store network doubled to 132 branches.
dm founder relied on special services early on
In the mid-1980s, further fundamental decisions followed: Bauer wanted to assert itself against competitors with its drugstores by offering a special service. In 1987 he developed the first forerunners of today’s dm cosmetic studio and the dm fresh food counter, followed by the dm hairdressing studio in 1991.
At the same time, the fall of the Iron Curtain opened up the possibility of bringing the dm concept to Central and Southeastern Europe. In 1996 branches were opened in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia and also in Italy.
Expansion to Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania, Bulgaria and North Macedonia followed later. Today dm Austria is represented daily in twelve countries with more than 1,700 branches and hundreds of thousands of customers.