The man who started global furniture brand JYSK 40 years ago with just one store in Denmark and an ambition to always deliver a great deal for customers has passed away.
Lars Larsen, who continued to keep the €3 billion+ store group in private ownership, handed over control of the business to his son Jacob Brunsborg who is the board’s new chair.
Mr Larson was at the opening of the UK’s first JYSK store, in Lincoln, and at the time admitted that opening in the UK had been a long-term ambition for the brand. Since then JYSK has gone on to win a committed following here with big expansion plans for the next five years.
Country Manager for JYSK UK, David Ashton, said: “It is a sad day for all at JYSK with the passing away of Lars Larsen, our founder and owner. The values and culture that he created more than 40 years ago is embedded within everything we do today.
“A true tradesman, he started from absolutely nothing to build the JYSK Group into the HUGE organisation of more than 2,800 stores today, across 54 countries.
“If you ever had the privilege to meet him you will know that he was warm, welcoming and incredibly down to earth. Quite a special man, and somebody for us all to really look up to.”