At a time when the high street is haemorrhaging retailers, including well-known national chains, the name of SD Kells stands as a beacon of success throughout Northern Ireland.
With outlets in nine towns and Belfast, its growth is a tribute to the well-tried formula of selling quality clothing and goods at affordable prices.
Roy Kells, who died at the weekend, inherited the company from his parents in 1964 and was instrumental in expanding it across the province.
He showed how an independent store which is attuned to its customers needs could not only succeed but flourish.
He was indeed a hero of the high street.