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Leclerc supermarket founder dies at 85

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16:41 CEST+02:00
Edouard Leclerc, the founder of French hypermarket chain E. Leclerc, died on Monday aged 85, officials in his native region of Brittany said.

Leclerc died in Saint-Divy in the Finistere department of the northwestern region, the town hall said.

His first supermarket opened in 1948 and his business swelled into one of France's biggest supermarket chains with more than 550 stores. It also runs 114 branches outside France.

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