History of The Silesian Wholesale Market Obroki (Śląski Rynek Hurtowy OBROKI) is connected with several other entities, which operated on the premises currently occupied by Company.
The first owner was Wojewódzkie Przedsiębiorstwo Handlu Wewnętrznego. WPHW was organizing and conducting market (wholesale – retail) of consumer non-food articles, especially shoes (Hall no. 2, 4), household appliances, TV and radio equipment (Hall no. 1).
In 1992, Centrala Zaopatrzenia Hutnictwa (CZH) from Katowice became the new owner of the area. CZH adjusted existing real-estate so as to carry out commercial activities, simultaneously organizing a modern centre supplying southern Poland. The Company commenced to operate under the name of Katowickie Hale Targowe – 800 companies had there their trading posts. KHT Company consisted of: Katowice Municipality, Górnośląski Bank Gospodarczy oraz Centrala Zaopatrzenia Hutnictwa. The foundation of a team of wholesalers in the area of almost 10 hectares allowed to organize trade concerning market goods which were processed in the city of Katowice.
In 1994 the name: Katowickie Hale Targowe was replaced by the name: Katowicki Hurt Towarowy (KHT). Years 1994-1995 can be described as the commercial boom period: the halls lacked vacant warehouse entrepreneurs ordered additional surfaces in advance, sales bloomed and revenue was significant. During this period office block at Hall No. 3 was rebuilt. In subsequent years, companies with western capital enetered Polish market - first shopping centers, which are competitors for the domestic wholesale trade were built in Poland.
The KHT Company was leasing the real-estate belonging to CZH until the end of 1999 when the company was put into liquidation. For the sake of economic activity continuity, on 21 December 1999 Centrum Handlu Hurtowego was established. The founder and sole shareholder was Centrala Zaopatrzenia Hutnictwa from Katowice. Most of the staff of KHT company was employed in the new company.
In January 2010 the name: Centrum Handlu Hurtowego was replaced by the name: The Silesian Wholesale Market Obroki (Śląski Rynek Hurtowy OBROKI).
At the moment, there are around 300 wholesalers, their situation under the new company operations is better and more stable. Now "Obroki Market" is the biggest wholesale food market in Silesia.
Since 2000, the Board of Directors of The Silesian Wholesale Market Obroki has implemented many significant investments to improve the status of the whole technical infrastructure, while having impact on increasing the standard of their services. The most important of these include:
- fence at the gate of the complex and parking place - the implementation of 2001,
- upgrading of lighting at Hall No. 1 - the implementation of 2001/2002,
- waterworks and system of external hydrants - the implementation of 2002 - 2004,
- advanced fire system for Hall No. 3 - implementation of 2004,
- upgrading sewerage system - the implementation 2004,
- a closed circuit television system – the implementation of 2007,
- high-speed, automatic entrance gate - the implementation of 2008,
- IT network, using fibre technology – the implementation of 2008.