Remembering Irish Retail Pioneer Feargal Quinn
Retail entrepreneur Feargal Quinn, whose Superquinn chain set the template for modern retailing in Ireland, has died at the age of 82, after a short illness.
As well as managing the Superquinn business, which he founded in 1960 as Quinn's Supermarkets, Quinn was also highly regarded within both European and global retail, as a former president of Brussels-based EuroCommerce, and as a director of CIES, the forerunner for today's Consumer Goods Forum.
He sold Superquinn to Select Retail Holdings for €450 million in 2005, with the business then subsequently sold to Musgrave Group in 2011. Two years later, Musgrave would go on to 'retire' the Superquinn name, and Stephen Wynne-Jones, ESM editor, caught up with him in August 2013, to chat about the business he founded, and the 'boomerang principle' on which it was established.
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