Lars Larsen, the founder of the retail chain Jysk, passed away today at his Silkeborg home. Larsen, who was 71 years old, had been ill for some time with advanced stage liver cancer.
“Today we have lost a father, a husband and a grandfather, and Denmark has lost a unique retailer. We will continue to do our best to continue his impressive life work,” expressed his son Jacob Brunsborg.
From an indefinite sick leave to resigning in June
Following his diagnosis in June this year, Larsen resigned as chair of Jysk.
He chose his son, Jacob Brunsborg, to replace him.
Leaves an empire behind
Jysk has almost 2,700 stores spanning Europe and the Middle East, and the number keeps on increasing.
Jysk’s first store in Ireland was inaugurated by Lars Larsen himself on April 2 this year.
“I will continue to work with all my energy, so that within a few years we will have a united and even stronger Jysk,” said Jan Bøgh, the CEO of Jysk.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the company Larsen started in 1979.
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