Jan Zeeman, the founder of textile chain Zeeman, died on Tuesday at the age of 78. This is reported by a spokesman for the family on Wednesday.

The family will say goodbye to Zeeman in private.

Zeeman opened the first branch of the textile chain in Alphen aan den Rijn in 1967. In 1980, the company became the largest textile store in the Netherlands through acquisitions and mergers.

Born in 1999, Alphenaar withdrew from the daily management of the company. At that time, there were 530 stores at home and abroad. Between 2007 and 2014 he was still a member of the supervisory board.

Zeeman currently has thirteen hundred branches in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Austria and Spain. The company employs approximately seven thousand people. The distribution center is located in Alphen aan den Rijn.