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Austin's Department Store

Episode 4 of 4

Department store owner Luke Hasson is keen to retire. His daughter Sinead is a success in recruitment, but is she willing to help save the family firm?

Series looking at family businesses where the next generation is unwilling to take over.

Etablished in 1830, Austin's of Derry is the oldest department store in the world. It survived a fire in 1908 and several bombings during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, but can it survive the challenges of succession?

Luke Hasson, the store's 66-year-old owner, is desperate to retire, but his children have made their lives elsewhere, far from Derry. The eldest of his five daughters, 39-year-old Sinead, runs a successful business in the cut-throat world of recruitment, and her only retail experience is as a teenage Saturday girl. How will she cope with the challenges of managing staff in 14 departments, and is she willing to give up her established life and business in London to help save the family firm in Northern Ireland?

59 minutes

Last on

Wed 24 Jun 2009 02:20

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Role Contributor
Narrator Lesley Sharp
Director Chris Williams
Producer Chris Williams
Producer Jonney Steven
Producer Dominick French
Executive Producer Bridget Sneyd
Executive Producer Joanna Ball
Executive Producer Lisa Edwards


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