The founder of the Zeeman retail chain, Jan Zeeman passed away. In 2020, Zeeman textile Supers has nearly 1,300 branches in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Austria and Spain.
Erik-Jan Mares (CEO Zeeman textile Supers): ‘We all realize, all nearly 8000 employees, that if Jan 53 had not had the courage to open the first Zeeman store here in Alphen aan den Rijn, we are here now could not have worked for this beautiful company. Thank you for your courage, your simplicity and your energy. ”
In 1967, a supermarket selling clothes and textiles at low prices was a revolutionary idea. Few Dutch stores had self-service back then. By organizing efficiently and buying in bulk, Zeeman was indeed able to offer the same quality for a much lower price. The formula caught on and from 1974 onwards the company grew even faster due to a number of large acquisitions. With the takeover of Brons in 1980, Zeeman instantly became the largest textile discounter in the Netherlands. Zeeman has now grown into one of the largest textile supermarkets in Europe with 1,285 branches in seven countries, ‘the company writes itself.
Zeeman is completely contemporary
Jan Zeeman’s vision was simple: “Good clothing and textiles don’t have to be expensive”. This vision is still current and, according to the formula, attracts more customers to the store than ever. The born Velsenaar retired as CEO of the company in 1999. At that time, there were 530 stores at home and abroad. Between 2007 and 2014 he was a member of the supervisory board. Jan Zeeman was at the helm of the yellow-blue retail chain for over thirty years. He was 78 years old.
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