- Today is the 90th birthday of Pick n Pay supermarket founder, Raymond Ackerman
- Taking to the Facebook page, Pick n Pay shared a heartfelt birthday post with the store's founder
- In celebration of his birthday, Briefly.co.za explores a few facts about him to commemorate the special day
Today is the birthday of Pick n Pay's founder Raymond Ackerman. In celebration of his big 90th, the Pick n Pay team headed to Facebook to share a heartwarming birthday post with the man who made it all possible for them.
"Happy 90th birthday to our founder Mr Ackerman. It’s the father of our house’s 90th birthday on Wednesday, 10 March. So, in celebration of this special occasion, Mr Raymond Ackerman, we want to say a big THANK YOU for all you’ve done!"
Here are a few quick facts about Mr Ackerman:
1. Mr Ackerman purchased Pick n Pay from its owner, Jack Goldin in the 1960s.
2. Mr Ackerman stepped down as chairman of the giant supermarket in 2010.
3. Ackermans had been founded just after World War I by his father Gus, but was sold to the Greatermans group in 1940.
4. Ackerman won the Outstanding Young South African award in 1965 along with Gary Player, and in 1966 at the age of 35.
5. The Pick 'n Pay Group employs more than 30,000 people in several African countries.
In other Briefly.co.za reports, Raymond Ackerman is a wealthy South African businessman. He built his business based on the philosophy of, ‘doing good is good business.’ He listed the Pick n Pay Group in 1968. He values his consumers and has built a strong reputation as their champion. Do you know the details of his life?
Most people in business are known for exploiting their customers to maximise profit. Raymond Ackerman is exceptional. He was among the first retailers to champion against the state ‘s monopoly on basic needs. This led to a drastic reduction in the cost of essential products.
Raymond acquired a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town. As a 20-year-old young man, he took up a job as a trainee at Ackerman’s store. It was a clothing retail outfit that was started by his father, Gus Ackerman. Later, the company was acquired by the Greatermans group.
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