Brocker - How it all began

On this page, we take you on a journey into our company's past as well as that of Germany. Because both are inextricably linked, this is the story of the successes and crises that have marked both Germany and our company in its 145-year history and have made us who we are today.

1873-1893

Foundation

1873

Anton Brocker founded the Brocker pawnshop on Bismarckplatz in Mönchengladbach. Note: Previously, he managed the municipal pawnshop in Mönchengladbach. The concession to run a private pawnshop was already strictly regulated at that time. His status as a civil servant facilitated the granting of the concession

Anton Brocker Junior

1893

Founder Anton Brocker Senior retires and hands over the business to his son Anton Brocker Junior.

1920-1931

Economic crisis

1920

Inflation and the associated economic crisis force Anton Brocker Junior to close the business until further notice.

Reopening

1925

After 5 long and hard years, the business is reopened in 1925 in the third generation with Anton Brocker's daughter Katharina.

Marriage of Katharina Brocker and Peter Schmitz

1928

Katharina Brocker marries Johann Peter Schmitz and takes his last name.

Johann Peter Schmitz takes over the management.

1931

Johann Peter Schmitz takes over the management of the business.

1940-1959

Closure of the pawnshop

1940

The Second World War forces Johann Peter Schmitz to close down the business.

Currency reform & reopening

1948

The business can be reopened on the day of the currency reform. Note: At the time of the reopening Johann Peter Schmitz has exactly the cash capital, which is also allocated to every other citizen of the new republic in DM. This money and the credits on two relatively undamaged properties were used for the venture of the new start. Katharina Schmitz often complained about not being able to put enough food on the table, because her husband kept borrowing every mark. Today it may be assumed that the food was enough to draw strength for new successes, which were based on diligence and thrift.

The first branch

1956

Katharina and Johann Peter Schmitz open the first branch. The branch in Friederich-Engels-Allee in Wuppertal is dedicated to setting up business for their daughter Inge and her husband Rudolf Brauers.

Pawnbroking Ordinance

1959

In the meantime, a professional association of pawnbrokers is founded again. Johann Peter Schmitz serves on the board and helps to make the profession heard in public and official channels. Together with other active colleagues, Schmitz is able to contribute to the establishment of a pawnbroking ordinance in 1962, which is still in force today and has been described as exemplary by consumer protectionists.

1964-1973

Fourth generation

1964

Johann Peter Schmitz passes on the two branches he has built to the fourth generation. Leihhaus Brocker in Wuppertal is run by Rudolf Brauers and the branch in Solingen by Georg Schmitz. Since then, the Wuppertal branch and the Mönchengladbach branch of the business have existed.

Relocation

1968

The move to a better business location documents a change in the pawnbroking business. The anonymity of secluded streets and backyards is changing in favour of a self-confident appearance in good business locations. The reputation of pawnbrokers improves.

Rudolf Brauers buys business in Solingen

1971

Rudolf Brauers buys the business in Solingen from Georg Schmitz. He expands his business activities towards the Lower Rhine region.

100 Years

1973

100 years after the company is founded, Georg Schmitz takes over the sole management of the Mönchengladbach branch, which had previously been expanded to include a branch in Neuss.

1983-1995

Stephan Schmitz

1983

After successfully completing his professional training and as a certified diamond appraiser, Stephan Schmitz, Georg Schmitz's son, joins the company.

Aachen Branch

1987

Georg Schmitz expands the Mönchengladbach branch to Aachen and opens a store there.

Sabine Thiel

1988

After successfully completing her professional training and as a certified diamond appraiser, Sabine Thiel, Georg Schmitz's daughter, joins the company.

Relocation to Schillerstraße

1993

The Brocker head office in Humboldstraße in Mönchengladbach is has gotten too small. The move to a nearby former bank on Schillerstraße with its spacious premises and large shop windows enables a significant expansion of business operations.

Sabine Thiel and Stephan Schmitz as General Managers

1995

Georg Schmitz appoints his children, Sabine Thiel and Stephan Schmitz, to the positions of General Managers and entrusts them with the independent management of the Mönchengladbach branch.

1998-2014

125th company anniversary

1998

The 125th company anniversary is celebrated with a special sale for the benefit of the customer.

Krefeld Branch

2000

The company grows to include a branch on Marktstraße in Krefeld.

Art Pawnbroking Service

2006

The art pawnbroking service is added to the company's range of services.

Tom Schmitz

2014

Stephan Schmitz's son, Tom Schmitz, joins the company after successfully completing his professional training and becoming a certified diamond appraiser, thus marking the start of a new generation.

2017-2020

Vehicle Pawnbroking Service

2017

The vehicle pawnbroking service is added to the company's range of services.

The online shop is launched

2018

The company Anton Brocker goes online and offers customers great prices for new and pre-owned jewellery in its own online shop.

Fabio Thiel

2018

Now Sabine Thiel's son, Fabio Thiel, also joins the company after completing his professional training and becoming a certified diamond appraiser.

Relocation of the Neuss branch

2019

The branch in Neuss moves from Niederwallstraße to Sebastianusstraße. The traditional company is given a modern facelift with this move.

Corona pandemic

2020

The corona crisis holds the world under its spell. Nevertheless, the pawn shops from Anton Brocker are still there for customers.

The future

Looking into the future of Anton Brocker GmbH, one can gain a thoroughly positive impression with regard to the last 145 years.
The deposit business remains a constant in these rapidly evolving times. For customers, staff and family, the Brocker company has always been a strong partner by their side. Now all that remains is to wait and see how the latest crisis, named Corona, changes our country and our thinking.
Because one thing is and remains certain, the future is always waiting with new challenges.