Schikanierzwickel

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This is Höffi, the mascot of the huge furniture shop Möbel Höffner, which has been promising to build in Fürth for a couple of years now.

Meanwhile, the no less wily Möbel XXXLutz has opened in Nuremberg.

It seems that Möbel Lutz has bought a small piece of land interrupting Möbel Höffner’s prospective connection to the motorway.

bq. Was den Neubau hinauszögern könnte: Im Bereich der geplanten neuen Autobahnauffahrt bei Steinach hat Möbel Lutz ein Sperrgrundstück (einen so genannten Schikanierzwickel) erworben. Die nun nötigen Grundstücksverhandlungen sind er-fahrungsgemäß langwierig.

(Fürther Nachrichten – link unlikely to last).

Zwickel means gusset or gore or spandrel; schikanieren is to harass someone. There are a few Google hits for Schikanierzwickel – the Amtsblatt der Stadt Radebeul actually apologizes for using the term (it apparently hadn’t heard of Sperrgrundstück).

bq. Auch das im Amtsblatt 2/2000 angesprochene „Schikanierzwickel“ – für diesen Ausdruck entschuldigen wir uns hiermit – ist in dem für den Straßenbau erforderlichen Umfang durch die Eigentümerin zur Verfügung gestellt worden.

However, Höffner has got its revenge by buying Franken Wohnland, at the next exit along from IKEA, so until the big building goes up it can sell from there.

On top of this, there’s the ongoing saga of the planned mineral baths and the attempts at sabotage by Herr Steiner of the bath once known as Palm Beach and now Kristall Palm Beach, of which more another time (history of mineral baths in Fürth).

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