Re­tail ty­coon dies aged 79

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and Ger­ald grew the chain, along­side his wife Vera, to more than 130 stores across the UK.

At its peak, the stores boasted a turnover of £100mil­lion as it con­tin­ued to grow in 1989. The pair sold the busi­ness in 1990 for £50m.

In Novem­ber, last year, the orig­i­nal build­ing that housed the flag­ship store on Ar­gyle Street was torn down.

Ger­ald spent the last few years of his life in Both­well Cas­tle Care, a care home in Lanarkshir­e.

The Daily Record re­ported that the fam­ily’s spokesper­son is­sued a state­ment: “They are re­quest­ing pri­vacy at this time.”

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