Gauselmann Group takes ownership of Bührmann arcades

| By Nosa Omoigui
German operator Gauselmann Group has completed its takeover of Bremen-based Bührmann Group, acquiring its arcades and restaurants across Northern Germany.
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Gauselmann has taken control of 35 arcades and 60 catering locations in Bremen and Lower Saxony, with the changes to come into effect on 1 October. The company will also assume ownership of the trading names Bührmann A + I GmbH, Play Fair Casino GmbH & Co. KG. and Gerdes Spielkonzepte GmbH & Co.

Detlev Graß will continue in his role as partner and managing director of Bührmann A and I GmbH

The two companies had been in negotiations for almost two years, with the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic slowing the process significantly.

Gauselmann board member for gaming operations Dieter Kuhlmann said: “The Bremen region is particularly convenient for us, as we had to close many locations there in 2017 due to legal restrictions. With the acquisition of the arcades and the catering locations, we can compensate for at least some of the locations that were previously lost.

“We as a company are also pleased that we can secure around 200 jobs through the acquisition. We value the skills and experience of the individual employees and want to build on them together.”

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