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South African Retail Tycoon, Raymond Ackerman, Passes Away at 92

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

It is with profound sorrow that we report the passing of visionary entrepreneur and humanitarian, Raymond Ackerman. Known for his groundbreaking innovation in South African retail through his company, Pick n Pay, Ackerman is remembered as a remarkable individual who made significant contributions to society. His demise leaves a gaping void, not just in his company, but in the hearts of South Africans at large.

Founded in 1967 with his wife Wendy, Pick n Pay quickly became a staple in South African households, largely due to Ackerman’s determination to offer "the best possible products, value, and service in his stores". His emphasis on customer satisfaction and quality service set the foundation for the brand's success.

In its statement released on Thursday morning, Pick n Pay highlighted Ackerman's dedication to his customers and his quintessential role as a compassionate employer. A testament to his commitment was his routine habit of enquiring from patrons carrying shopping bags from competing stores why they chose to shop elsewhere, demonstrating his passion for unparalleled service.

Beyond his business ventures, Ackerman also earned acclaim as a devoted philanthropist. His profound commitment to humanity, combined with his business acumen, made him a beloved figure within South Africa. Described as "a man of the people," Raymond Ackerman will be remembered for his unwavering patriotism and his belief in a positive and prosperous future for South Africa.

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