The burger chain "Hans im Glück" is about to change ownership. Founder Thomas Hirschberger is in advanced talks about selling his 90 percent stake, the company said. It could be completed later in the week. A spokesman for Hirschberger's reason for the planned sale on Tuesday was that after the expansion and "another record year" the right time had come to "put the company in new hands".
Hirschberger also denied reports of financial constraints. "Hans in luck" is a "healthy company". The "Handelsblatt" had previously reported on the planned sale and possible turbulence. The company is looking for "a reorganizer",
According to the company, sales rose from EUR 120 million to EUR 147 million last year. The operating result was also positive, it said. However, a company spokesman did not give details.
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According to Hirschberger, prospective buyers are the previous minority shareholder Gerd Bühler and the founders of the baking chain Dirk Schneider and Hans-Christian Limmer. These are "exactly the experts to sustainably continue the growth of" Hans im Glück "."
"Hans im Glück" has 81 branches, 26 of which are operated by the company itself, another 55 by franchisees. Hirschberger himself is one of them. In his own company, he has four burger grills in Singapore and five in Munich. According to the message, it is planned for Singapore that Hirschberger will continue to operate the houses, for Munich there are similar considerations. "The founders will continue to be the largest franchise partner and operate some Hans-im-Glück restaurants in Germany and abroad," said Hirschberger's spokesman. This ensures continuity and shows trust in the brand.