Pick n Pay Founder Raymond Ackerman Passes Away

By | September 7, 2023



Death – Obituary News : Raymond Ackerman, the founder of Pick n Pay, has passed away. Cas Coovadia, the CEO of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), expressed his condolences for Ackerman’s death. The news of his passing was shared by Channel Africa on Twitter.

Raymond Ackerman, the founder of Pick n Pay, one of South Africa’s largest supermarket chains, has passed away at the age of 95. This news has caused a wave of grief not only in the business community but also among the countless customers who have benefitted from Ackerman’s vision and dedication.


Born on March 10, 1921, in Cape Town, Ackerman had a passion for entrepreneurship from a young age. After completing his studies, he embarked on a remarkable journey that would redefine the retail industry in South Africa. In 1967, he established Pick n Pay, with a vision to provide quality products at affordable prices to the South African public.

Under Ackerman’s leadership, Pick n Pay expanded rapidly, setting the benchmark for modern supermarkets in the country. His commitment to customer satisfaction and dedication to ethical business practices earned him widespread respect and admiration. Ackerman’s innovative strategies, such as introducing computerized stock control systems and implementing loyalty programs, revolutionized the retail landscape in South Africa.

Beyond his achievements in the business world, Ackerman was also known for his philanthropy and commitment to social causes. He established the Ackerman Foundation, which focused on education, healthcare, and community development in disadvantaged areas.

Ackerman’s legacy is evident in the success of Pick n Pay, which now operates hundreds of stores across South Africa and employs thousands of people. His vision of providing quality products at affordable prices has become a cornerstone of the company’s ethos.

As news of Raymond Ackerman’s passing spreads, tributes are pouring in from business leaders and ordinary South Africans alike. His contributions to the retail industry and dedication to improving the lives of others will be remembered for generations to come. The loss of this visionary leader leaves a void that will be difficult to fill, but his legacy will continue to inspire and guide future generations..