Primark founder Arthur Ryan has died aged 83, company confirms 

Secretive workaholic Arthur Ryan who founded Primark and turned 'cheap chic' chain into £2billion a year business has died aged 83 Dublin-born Arthur Ryan opened his first store 'Penneys' in Irish capital in 1962 He exported the concept to Britain in 1974 where he renamed the shop Primark Ryan never gave interviews and was intensely private following the Troubles  

By Lara Keay For Mailonline

Published: 17:07 BST, 8 July 2019 | Updated: 17:32 BST, 8 July 2019


The founder of Primark, Arthur Ryan, has died aged 83, the company has confirmed.

Ryan was born in Dublin, moving to London as a young man to work in tailoring.

On his return to Ireland he continued to work in retail before he was taken on by a man called Garfield Weston, who tasked him with setting up a discount clothing chain.

He opened his

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