Obituary: Arthur Ryan, Primark founder who blazed a trail

Arthur Ryan awards 2010

In 1969, Apollo 11 flew Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon, Jeff Bezos was just five years old and Arthur Ryan opened the doors to the first Primark store.

It’s a testament to Ryan’s retail prowess that as technology changed the world at helter-skelter pace, Primark grew from that single Penneys shop on Dublin’s Mary Street to become an international chain with more than 370 branches trading from Boston in the US to Berlin in Germany.

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