ARTHUR RYAN - THE LEGENDARY RETAILER WHO HAD A GREAT EYE FOR A PRODUCT

AS THE PRIMARK BRAND EXPANDED SUCCESSFULLY ACROSS EUROPE AND THE US, ARTHUR'S PHILOSOPHY WAS 'WE HAVE NOTHING TO TEACH THEM, WE HAVE EVERYTHING TO LEARN'.

ARTHUR, HE SAID, HAD THAT GIFT TO KEEP EVERYBODY IN THE BUSINESS ON THEIR TOES FROM HQ RIGHT DOWN TO THE SATURDAY GIRL IN A STORE.

Business, he said, was like "a jigsaw" and he thrived on putting it all together.
"He visits more stores, he is more knowledgeable, he's just got an insatiable appetite to know what's going on," he said in a documentary.
Describing the Penneys expansion, he told how the Derby store opened in 1974, followed by Bristol.
A few years later, "we hit Spain, and then it was all downhill", he told the audience with his characteristic sense of humour.
Arthur, he said, had that gift to keep everybody in the business on their toes from HQ right down to the Saturday girl in a store.

It will be a very sad day for his loving family, friends and former colleagues, but it will undoubtedly turn into a massive celebration of the life and achievements of a man praised for being an incredibly astute leader of...

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