Superquinn supermarket chain founder, entrepreneur and former senator Feargal Quinn has passed away aged 82, following a short illness.
Quinn is survived by his wife Denise, their five children, Eamonn, Stephen, Gillian, Donal and Zoe as well as his 19 grandchildren.
"The team at Checkout are saddened to hear of the passing of Feargal Quinn, who was a food visionary and pioneer of numerous forward-thinking innovations in the grocery retail sector that have stood the test of time," said Maev Martin, editor, Checkout Magazine.
"We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to his many colleagues and former employees in the industry." She added.
Quinn founded the national Superquinn supermarket chain in 1960, of which he remained non-executive president for some years after his family sold out their interest to Select Retail Holdings for €450 million in 2005.
The business was then subsequently sold to Musgrave Group in 2011.
Musgrave Group Pays Tribute:
Chris Martin, CEO Musgrave Group said: “We are saddened to hear of the passing of Feargal Quinn."
"As the founder of Superquinn, Feargal was a visionary in Irish food and a retail pioneer. Beyond the world of retail, Feargal made a significant and lasting contribution to Irish society and to political life as a member of Seanad Eireann."
Martin added: "He was a leader who will be deeply missed. Feargal was also a good friend to Musgrave and on behalf of everyone here, I would like to share our condolences with his family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time."
Retail Excellence Pays Tribute:
David Fitzsimons, group CEO, Retail Excellence has today expressed his sadness on the passing of Feargal Quinn.
In a short statement, Fitzsimons said, “today we have lost a giant of the world of retail, a treasure trove of knowledge and advice and an enthusiastic supporter of aspiring retail leaders and entrepreneurs. Feargal’s family can be justly proud of his achievements and his lasting legacy.”
“I had the distinct privilege of knowing Feargal and, in 2007, presenting him with a well-deserved lifetime achievement award - just one of three presented in the history of our annual awards.” Fitzsimons added.
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