Arthur Ryan

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The funeral procession of founder Arthur Ryan passes the original Penneys store on Mary Street as staff form a guard of honour. Photograph: John Mc ElroyPhotograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Penneys-Primark founder and chairman Arthur Ryan was “fun, fantastic and loyal” his wife Alma told mourners at his funeral on Saturday. Mr Ryan, who (...)

Arthur Ryan, second from left,  and Alma Carroll at the opening of Primark’s store in Boston in 2015, alongside Mayor Martin Walsh and  Primark chief executive Paul Marchant. Photograph: Josh Reynolds

Leading business figures yesterday paid tribute to Arthur Ryan, who led Penneys-Primark from just one store on Dublin’s Mary Street to a global fashio(...)

A private man, Arthur Ryan   had his own security guard and liked dropping into stores anonymously with a daily schedule kept secret to all but his closest aides.

The death at 83 of Arthur Ryan, founder of Penneys (operating as Primark outside of Ireland) which this year marks its 50th anniversary, brings to an (...)

Arthur Ryan, centre, talks with Primark chief executive  Paul Marchant in  2014. ‘I was fortunate enough to work closely with him and experience first-hand his sharp mind and innovative thinking,’ Mr Marchant said. Photograph: Javier Barbancho/Reuters

Arthur Ryan, founder and chairman of Irish retail phenomenon Penneys/Primark, has died at the age of 83 following a short illness. Mr Ryan ran the fi(...)

Breege O’Donoghue, executive director of  Primark/Penneys at their Dublin offices, dressed in clothes by the brand. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Sitting in a funky lime green chair in Arthur Ryan House on Parnell Street in Dublin, Breege O’Donoghue proudly declares that everything I can see her(...)

Liam Kavanagh, managing director of The Irish Times, presents the Top 1,000 Distinguished Leader in Business award to Breege O’Donoghue of Primark at The Irish Times Business Awards. Photograph: Kieran Harnett

Breege O’Donoghue, executive director of Primark/Penneys, which employs more than 5,000 people in the Republic, has been named ‘Irish Times’ Top 1000 (...)

The Penneys/Primark group has embraced its customers’ view of shopping as a recreational event. But for how much longer can it eschew their shift to online?

In its trading update this week, Associated British Foods (ABF) revealed that its Dublin-headquartered fast-fashion cash cow, Penneys/Primark, is(...)

 The artist Phil Coulter:  Bruton said  advertising and promotion campaigns were “a matter of individual taste, as is Phil Coulter’s music”. Photograph: Eric Luke

The chairman and managing director of retail giant Penneys wrote to the minister for finance to complain that Aer Lingus was sponsoring a three-month (...)

Since humble beginnings in Dublin, the chain now boasts over 300 stores in 10 countries and 62,000 employees

Next week, on April 14th, Primark will open its first store in Italy. The store is in Arese, about 12km from fashion hotspot Milan, in a former Alfa (...)

Primark  opened the first store on Dublin’s Mary Street in 1969. It expanded steadily in Ireland – where it is known as Penneys – and Britain over the next three decades, before moving into Europe

Fashion retailer Primark’s Spanish expansion is proving a success, according to the company’s latest sales figures. The firm’s Spanish turnover was (...)

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