Supermarket magnate Albert Heijn dies at 83
Dutch supermarket magnate Albert Heijn has died at the age of 83. Albert Heijn was the grandson of the founder of a chain of supermarkets of the same name.
He was former chairman of the board of executives for the Ahold concern, which owns the Dutch supermarket chain. His brother Gerrit Jan Heijn was murdered in a kidnapping in 1987.
In the Netherlands, Albert Heijn is a household name and synonymous with supermarket. The first grocery shop opened by the family in Zaandam in 1887 is a museum and can still be visited today. The Ahold concern has grown into an international supermarket operator.
Heijn died at his home in the English town of Pudleston in the county of Hereford, he suffered from post polio syndrome PPS.
Albert Heijn had been decorated by Queen Beatrix for his services to the country.
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