Farewell to Gioacchino Arena, the “king” of supermarkets: in Sicily he has built an empire that counts on 2500 employees

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23 February 2021 15:58

Mourning in the business world: Gioacchino Arena, 76, pioneer of large-scale distribution in Sicily, died after a long illness. In the mid-seventies, Gioachino together with his brother Cristofero had founded the Fratelli Arena company in Valguarnera Caropepe, in the province of Enna. Starting from three stores in 1976 Gioacchino managed, together with his family, to build an empire of over 180 supermarkets. becoming a reference point for millions of consumers throughout the region. Today, with the Decò and SuperConveniente brands, the Arena Group is the leader in large-scale distribution in Sicily.
His great humanity, his dialectical skills and his entrepreneurial commitment, lived as a mission, are the legacy that Gioacchino Arena leaves to the family and to the more than 2500 employees who have always indicated him as an enlightened model of doing business in Sicily.

Mourning in the business world: Gioacchino Arena, 76, pioneer of large-scale distribution in Sicily, died after a long illness. In the mid-seventies, Gioachino together with his brother Cristofero had founded the Fratelli Arena company in Valguarnera Caropepe, in the province of Enna. Starting from three stores in 1976 Gioacchino managed, together with his family, to build an empire of over 180 supermarkets. becoming a reference point for millions of consumers throughout the region. Today, with the Decò and SuperConveniente brands, the Arena Group is the leader in large-scale distribution in Sicily.
His great humanity, his dialectical skills and his entrepreneurial commitment, lived as a mission, are the legacy that Gioacchino Arena leaves to the family and to the more than 2500 employees who have always indicated him as an enlightened model of doing business in Sicily.

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