Belfast Telegraph

12. Dunnes Stores

Managing Director: Frank Dunne

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Employment: 2,585

Turnover: £194.7m

Pre-tax profit: £28m

The retailer was founded by Northern Ireland-born Ben Dunne in 1944, initially as a clothing retailer, with groceries introduced in the 1960s.

As well as 116 stores in the south, the company has 23 stores in Northern Ireland, 11 in Great Britain and five in Spain.

The first store in Northern Ireland opened in 1971. It opened its first store in Spain in 1980 and has since opened four more.

In January 2010, Dunnes was ranked 231st among the world’s top 250 retailers in an annual survey published by Deloitte.

The company is still run by the Dunne family, primarily two of the founder’s children Frank Dunne and Margaret Heffernan. The retailer celebrated 65 years in business in 2009 by fighting back against Tesco and low-cost rivals such as Aldi and Lidl in the Republic with lower prices and a successful advertising campaign based around the slogan ‘The difference is we’re Irish’.

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