Welkoop Rail BV was founded in 1899 under the name “Het Centraal Bureau” as a small agricultural trading company. Today, the company operates specialist retail outlets for gardens and pet accessories. Welkoop also licenses the operation of these specialist stores. In total there are over 150 stores with a total of 1.500 employees in the Netherlands. 125 staff at Welkoop focus on making sure that the specialist dealers can concentrate fully on their customers. Amongst other functions, support, HR and IT are all organized centrally.