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The day before he died, Sir Jack Cohen, founder of Tesco, paid a surprise visit to a big new store in Essex. After a triumphal tour in his wheelchair, he asked to be taken up to the balcony overlooking the shop floor. Here, the old man quietly surveyed the latest outlet of a corporation he had seen grow from a small market stall in London’s East End in the 1920s to the most successful retail giant in the country. Then, as tears rolled down his cheeks, he murmured, ‘I never imagined that this was how it would be.’ 

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