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Former Wiggle and White Company boss Will Kernan, 51, became River Island’s first chief executive outside the founding Lewis family last September. Six months later, he temporarily closed its more than 260 stores in the UK and Ireland, as well as its international websites, due to the pandemic, resuming online sales in April. The retailer began life in 1948 when Bernard Lewis, 94, began selling knitting wool from an East London shop, later moving into fashion as the Swinging Sixties gripped the capital.

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Company details
Year2020
Rank83
CompanyRiver Island
ActivityFashion retailer
LocationWest London
Sales £m920
Profit £m67
Year endDec 18
Principal shareholdersBernard Lewis and family (100%)
Staff10,219
Founded1948
Websitewww.riverisland.co.uk

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