The municipality’s economy is based mainly on winegrowing and agriculture. There are at least 13 wineries as well as a winemaking cooperative. Furthermore, the municipality is home to the kitchens of a medium-sized bakery business that supplies its own two shops in Bechtolsheim and Gau-Odernheim and also the travelling sales booths. The shop in Bechtolsheim is also a small supermarket, café and Toto Lotto centre. Through the café and the bakery, the Landmarkt (“country market”) is open the whole week.
Further businesses in town are three automotive workshops, a discount filling station, an agricultural supply dealership, a carpentry shop, a fruitgrowing operation, a beekeeper, three hairdresser’s shops, a dentistry practice and other, smaller service businesses.
Until the turn of the century, the Volksbank Wörrstadt e.G. (now known as the Volksbank Alzey e.G.) and the Kreissparkasse Alzey (district savings bank) each had a branch in Bechtolsheim. After they both closed, the savings bank’s premises were converted into a self-service kiosk with a transfer terminal for both banks including an account statement printer, and automated teller machines. In the Volksbank’s building, flats are now to be found. Only the entrance door gives any hint that it was once a bank.
Even the postal centre (Poststelle – not a full post office, but run by postal employees), in existence in 1995 and 1996 was first converted into a postal agency (Postagentur – an operation not run by postal employees) with two agents, and then a few years later it was dissolved altogether. The nearest postal agency can now be found in Gau-Odernheim.
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