Monday 8 July 2019 5:06 pm

Primark founder Arthur Ryan dies following short illness

Primark founder Arthur Ryan has died, the high street retailer announced today.

Ryan, who was the chairman and former chief executive of the budget fashion chain, passed away aged 83 following a short illness.

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The businessman founded the first Primark store under the name Penney’s in Dublin in 1969. 

Primark chief executive Paul Marchant said: “We want to extend our deepest sympathies to Arthur’s family at this sad time. Arthur Ryan was a truly gifted retailer and a visionary leader.

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“He was a true retail pioneer.  He innovated and was never complacent, despite many successes. He challenged us all to be the best we can be. 

“His drive and passion was always shown alongside great humility, integrity and support for our people. All of these characteristics remain guiding principles at Primark today.”