Jack Goldin, the founder of Clicks, passed away in 2001…


Jack Goldin, the founder of Clicks, passed away in 2001 at the age of 75. His absence is felt deeply by our organisation, particularly as many of our careers were shaped by his guidance.

Jack’s contribution to our organisation has been enduring and significant. He had the vision to start the Clicks brand in South Africa in the late sixties, based on what he had seen of the drugstore concept in the United States. Although Clicks was prevented by pharmacy legislation from becoming a fully-fledged drugstore, it filled an important market niche in South Africa and grew rapidly on account of its unique mix of health, home and beauty products. Jack had incredibly high standards, and we pay tribute to his pioneering vision and determination which helped lay the foundations of what we are today.

In the mid-eighties, Jack emigrated to Australia where he co-founded the Priceline brand along the same principles as Clicks, with the same unique mix of health, home and beauty products. Priceline is today one of the fastest-growing brands in Australia. In 1988, the story came full circle when Jack retired from Priceline and sold his share of the business to New Clicks Holdings.

Jack was a remarkable, self-made man who has left an indelible mark on our organisation. His death is a loss to the retailing industry, and we remember him with sincerity and warmth. Our thoughts are with his family.

David Nurek  (Chairman)

Trevor Honneysett (Former Group Leader)

Source: New Clicks Holding Financial Report 2001 page 5

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Matteo joined the Clicks Brand in 1974 as a Trainee Manager and spent the first nine years of his career in operational management roles within stores. In 1983 he was promoted to the role of Buyer and joined the Merchandise Division. During the following twenty seven years, he applied his extensive buying expertise to various categories and assisted the business in growing from a small retailer to the national household name that it is today. Matteo has not only gained the respect of his many colleagues through the years, but also with the many suppliers that he has dealt with.
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