Dis-Chem’s phenomenal growth since it opened its first branch 46 years ago has been less about long-term strategy and more about seizing opportunities as they arise, says co-founder Ivan Saltzman, 73, who is about to relinquish his position as CEO.

“We took opportunities when they came and it morphed into this,” he tells the FM. “The bigger it got, the more structured it had to become until we listed in 2016.”..

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