In 1946, when warm clothing was almost impossible to come by, Otto Scheck tailored his first winter sports collection from old military inventories in Munich, laying the foundation for the SportScheck company. After attending business school, Otto’s son Klaus Scheck joined the company in 1958. In 1965, he took over as SportScheck’s Managing Director. In this role, he partly helped to ensure that tennis and skiing in particular became popular sports in Germany. In 1988, SportScheck was acquired by the Otto Group, initially in the form of company shares and then, in 1991, completely.


Thomas Wanke

Thomas Wanke

Thomas Wanke has been CEO of SportScheck and Karstadt Sports since March of 2020. Before that, he was Chief Sales Officer of GALERIA Karstadt Kaufhof since July of 2019, and before that, he had was CEO of Karstadt Sports since October of 2017. From mid-2013 until September of 2017, he was Head of Sales of Karstadt Warenhaus. He has extensive knowledge of the fashion market from his positions at P&C, Adler Modemärkte and Charles Vögele, as well as experience in the home textiles sector. His clear focus was always on the further development of the sales department, especially on increasing sales and service orientation and employee motivation.

In the 1970s, one of the first artificial indoor climbing walls (possibly the first ever) was built in the stairwell of SportScheck’s Munich headquarters on Sendlinger Straße. It was made out of natural stone and designed by Reinhold Messner. When the company moved to Neuhauser Straße in 2016, the company headquarters and the climbing wall were abandoned.

Today, SportScheck is represented both in brick-and-mortar retail and in e-commerce with around 1,150 employees in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The product range contains over 35,000 items from over 500 brands.

In its 17 inner-city stores, the company welcomes around 13 million visitors a year. SportScheck also organises sporting events with a total of 120,000 participants annually, including Germany’s largest series of city races.

In December of 2019, GALERIA Karstadt Kaufhof concluded a contract with the Otto Group for the acquisition of SportScheck and all its subsidiaries. GALERIA Karstadt Kaufhof thus strengthened its position in this important growth market and became a market leader in omni-channel sports retailing.