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Ivor Jones

Recently a friend gave me a book about how some of Britain’s major retailers began. This led me to consider writing about one of the major retailers in this country with which I had a past association. Most of us are aware that the concept of five and ten stores began in the US. Here in Australia, we called them variety stores and the business was dominated by two groups (Coles and Woolworths). The first retailer in Australia was Mary Reibey who was an orphan, convict and widowed mother of seven children. Mary had extensive property holdings in early Sydney. She opened her shop in Sydney in 1792. The first chain store, I believe was the Atlantic & Pacific (A & P) chain in the US established in 1859. It was not until 1914…



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