Pick n Pay founder Raymond Ackerman has died at 92

Pick n Pay founder, Raymond Ackerman, has died at the age of 92 on Wednesday, 06 September. The businessman, who came from a retailing family, is survived by his wife, Wendy, children Gareth, Kathy, Suzanne, and Jonathan, 12 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

Pick n Pay founder Raymond Ackerman has died at 92

Ackerman’s father founded the Ackermans clothing store after World War 1. In 1967, the retail mogul founded Pick n Pay after buying 4 stores in Cape Town. News of the entrepreneur’s death was confirmed by Pick n Pay on Thursday, 07 September. The company stated that the country has lost a brilliant patriot who always saw a positive future for South Africa.

Ackerman’s Business Philosophy

“From the outset, Raymond Ackerman lived by the core values that the customer is queen, that we must treat others as we would wish to be treated, and that doing good is good business. These values have guided the business for over 56 years, and today the Pick n Pay group serves millions of customers in more than 2,000 stores across South Africa and 7 other countries. His business philosophy was underpinned by the ‘four legs of the table’, namely Administration, Social Responsibility and Marketing, People and Merchandise, with the customer on top.”

Ackerman’s Early Life

Raymond Ackerman was born on 10 March 1931.

By Shamiso Miracle

Shamiso Miracle completed her degree in journalism and media studies at the University of Zimbabwe before honing her skills at Savanna News. She then went on to work at iHarare News, becoming a voice for everyday SA citizens who wanted to share their stories. When she's not writing news that entertains and inspires ,Shamiso is an avid reader and a wellness bunny.

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