Back in 1888, Wilhelm Hamm founded a company for trading with shoe leather, thus laying the foundation for successful business growth. After numerous setbacks during World War II, quick reconstruction began after the end of the war and the company transformed into a shoe importer. To sell shoes even more successfully, Hamm tapped entirely new sales channels and purchase markets from the late 1970s on – including Spain, Italy and the Far East. Today, Hamm can look back on more than 125 years of experience in the shoe trade.
The Reno group of companies was founded in 1977 by Dieter Götz and Franco Prosser as a classic mail order business. In 1983, they opened the first specialist shoe stores, which were further expanded successfully in subsequent years.
The strategic realignment of the shoe company began with the merger of the companies Hamm and Reno to form the HR Group in 2005. Today, Reno has about 530 branches in ten different countries around the world, and has been famous for its diversity of top brands and its broad range of fashionable shoes for the whole family at attractive prices for over 30 years.