Mr Price, the value clothing, sport and homeware business, has never suffered from a lack of ambition. The company, which opened its very first Mr Price shop in Klerksdorp in 1985, a year before buying out John Orr Holdings, saw the future in factory shop-style shopping.

Those who bought that vision in 1988, at a share price of 28c, would have seen their investment soar 70,000%. Put another way, R10,000 invested in Mr Price in 1988 would today be worth a not-inconsiderable R7m...

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