Hein Gericke saved ...by Hein Gericke

Popular store to make a comeback, but not entirely

Posted: 20 September 2012
by Visordown News

HEIN Gericke is back in the UK after the German Hein Gericke Group won the bid to buy the assets.

The UK 'relaunch' is - according to Hein Gericke Group: 'a key element of the restructuring of the parent group (Hein Gericke Germany) which operates in 7 European countries'.

It's not all good news: at its peak Hein Gericke operated 49 stories across the UK but only 16 stores will be kept. One of the Hein Gericke stores has been sold to Infinity, meaning that with 32 stores closing, only a third will remain.

The stores that will be kept open as part of the new Hein Gericke venture are: Manchester, Stockwell, Southampton, Edinburgh, Farnborough, Gants Hill, Glasgow, Belfast, Maidstone, Preston, Leicester, Braintree, Aberdeen, Hanger Lane, Oxford and Chiswick.

UK Managing Director, Christoph Hansen, said: “We’re now looking to the future and are pleased to have been able to secure the jobs of the staff in the 16 retained stores. We are keen to improve our customer’s in-store experience and secure the future for our loyal customers and the UK team”.

Following a difficult trading period Hein Gericke entered administration on the 30th July this year.

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what about me and the staff in the other stores who got no warning of store closures it was disgusting no emails from head office nobody answering phones, 80 empty boxes turned up on our front door with out any warning, several hours later area manager turned up and said 'sorry lads you lost your jobs' ohh great i got insurance, bike to pay for, college fees and no notice.

thanks hein gericke

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 23:42

Sorry to hear it mate. Unfortunately, that is business in the 21st century.

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 06:11

just the way they treated their hardworking staff was disgusting.

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 07:27

Sorry you got screwed, Sammy. It's good preparation for working life though: all of my previous employers have gone under or laid people off - or just stopped paying us.

It will be interesting to see if they continue chasing the high end market with a daft markup + eternal "sale" strategy, or if they've got other plans.

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 09:34

Thats Gericke all over hence why I only worked there for 6 months before deciding I was on a better crack agency driving! Portsmouth used to go through shop partners like crazy and when we ended up without one I was left with no wages for 6 weeks and not alot of assistance from HO. Also just as I was the oldest all the responsibility and crap seemed to land on my shoulders for which I was not getting paid enough. Sham as there was potential but no one with half an oz of intelligence hung around as a shop parner as they never made any money.

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 11:01

sorry to hear you got shafted by these c*nts Sammy, the best way to deal with this lot, is to simply not buy from them. No customers = no cash. Never happens like that though.

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 11:45

Sorry for all the people who lost their jobs. As said before, just part of the world we live in. Always liked HG and I've bought a lot of stuff from the Stockwell store in the past. Always been decent quality and the staff have always been great. I always went there cause I couldn't afford the overpriced Dianese stuff. However in the last few years there's not much a price difference between the two.

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 12:39

Yeah, unfortunately that's working life in the 21st century, no job security these days.
Never went in a hein gericke store, they only seemed to stock top of the range gear at top of the range prices, so that leaves me out.
Pity about the ex-employees though.

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 21:21

Some good news but the Chester branch is to shut !
Sorry guys you were a top team always ready to help .

Wish you all well
Regards Kenny .

Posted: 25/09/2012 at 16:17

So bugger all in England NE of a line from Leicester to Preston. I notice the SE are still well provided for with 9 stores. Time H-G took a geography lesson along with the business management?

Posted: 25/09/2012 at 19:18

Not in to bad mouthing companies. But I have been a loyal customer of Hein Gericke for many years and spent well over £10,000 with them. I used to get all my motorcycle gear from them and oils. I bought their new leather/gortex suit from them. When I bought it, it had only been out for 3 weeks and I've only worn it for 2 days because its rubbish. Since the re-opening of the shop the line has been disccontinued. Two of the zip tags broke off, the main zip has come undone on me on several occasions and it lets water in purely by the design of it. I could'nt take the suit back to them for 12 months because I am a serving member of the armed forces and completed a tour of duty of 10 1/2 months and now I stuck with £1600 of motorcycle suit that I can't and won't use. Been to customer services, had to send them the suit, which they just sent back to me after wasting my time for a further 6 months. I have not had any help from them what so ever. The suit is still under gaurantee but I just can't be bothered with it. Purely out of principle I will never be shopping there again and wouldn't advise anyone else to either.

Posted: 14/10/2012 at 01:14

any ex staff members want to tell us how to get discounts?

Posted: 06/11/2012 at 23:35

Posted: 24/12/2012 at 12:20

There's a repair place in Newcastle called DP Leathers. This guy, David, can sort any repair out for you, he is very, very good at what he does. 01912324450

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 11:17

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