Plymouth's Chris Dawson climbs rich list after £76m year
PLYMOUTH retail tycoon Chris Dawson has seen his wallet bulge by £76million in just a year – leaving him worth a whopping £380million.
The owner and founder of The Range store chain has therefore leapt 24 places to settle at number 230 in the Sunday Times Rich List, published tomorrow.
"The figures are stunning," said Mr Dawson. "I'm at 230 in the UK – there's 63million people live here."
But he insisted the success was also down to his 6,000 workers, many of whom he said are "home grown" into well-paid management positions.
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"It's three cheers for the staff," he said.
Mr Dawson is now expecting to grow his The Range empire to 70 stores and create 2,500 jobs, this year.
And he is looking for a new Plymouth base for his HQ, having outgrown the Estover offices where 200 people work.
"We have just had an extension in there," he said.
"Part of the success is we are hanging off the ceiling at the moment
"But we are looking to build a flag-ship office block in Plymouth or go into an old one and do it up."
Mr Dawson added: "We are by far the most profitable company in the South West. Plymouth is in pole position."
And, indeed Mr Dawson is now rated as the fifth richest person in the South West, behind vacuum cleaner magnate Sir James Dyson, financial services pair Peter Hargreaves and Steve Lansdown, and meat mogul Lord Vestey.