High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles Praktiker (FWB: PRAG) is a German hypermarket chain offering home improvement and do-it-yourself goods. It is based in Kirkel, Saarland, and opened its first store in 1978. The chain was from 1978 until 1995 a division of ASKO and after the fusion of ASKO with Metro Cash & Carry in 1995 until 22 November 2005 a division of Metro AG and is now a fully independent corporation, noted at the MDAX. In 1979 Praktiker opened its first four stores in Germany. As of 2006 update], the chain operates 340 stores in eight countries: Luxembourg, Germany, Hungary, Greece, Turkey, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria. In Bulgaria, the company operates 8 stores as of December 2007: two in Sofia (one of which in Lyulin) and one each in Varna, Plovdiv, Bourgas, Stara Zagora, Rousse, Pleven and Veliko Tarnovo. Several others are in construction or planning. In Romania, Praktiker operates 26 stores: three in the capital Bucharest, two each in Ia i and Timi oara and one each in Constan a, Ploie ti, Br ila, Bra ov, Oradea, Arad, Satu Mare, Baia Mare, Cluj-Napoca, Targu-Mure, Bac u, Craiova, Gala i, Targovi te, Deva, Pite ti, Buz u, Piatra Neam and Foc ani.