Tuesday January 21, 2020

Sharp Operator: Penneys founder Arthur Ryan remembered

He referred to himself as a ‘hired hand’, but Arthur Ryan, the founder of Penneys, who died last week, was a master of retail with an impeccable instinct for what would sell

14th July, 2019
Arthur Ryan, the founder of Penneys Picture: Tony O’Shea

When Arthur Ryan approached me to set up Penneys’ personnel department in the late 1970s, his pitch was simple: help us build a great business here and in Britain. Back then, there was only a handful of stores, with the main one on Mary Street in north inner-city Dublin. Neither of us in our wildest dreams imagined that the business would grow to what it is today, with 372 stores in 12 countries and more...

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