“Breaking new ground”

Tribute To Jack Goldin

When we opened stores, there used to be queues around the block at every opening and there used to be stampedes! I remember the Kenilworth Centre opening. People actually broke all the shop windows, we had to close the store again till they were fixed. Customers actually used to do that kind of thing regularly at store openings. We had to start opening the stores earlier so there would be no stampede.

I cannot tell you how many stores I opened, but there were many. When I was opening a store, the place had to be spotless even when we were packing everything out.

I travelled to open stores a lot. I have stayed in the best hotels and the worst. Back then, we got an allowance so you could stay wherever you wanted.

Rukeyah Davids and I did really well. As women, it was often very difficult breaking new ground. There were not many women in our positions at the time, it was a male dominated world.

My friend Anne and I used to splash out and buy a brand new dress for the opening of every store we worked on. Eventually, we realised that it was becoming ridiculous. Clicks was opening so many stores, we would have been bankrupt buying so many dresses.

Daisy Hermanus with Clicks from 1968 to 1986

Source: 40 years of Clicks 1968 – 2008 Magazine page 111

 

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About mc1a

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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