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Albert Heijn - the supermarket millionaire.
Albert and Monique Heijn
Albert and Monique at their home in Pudleston

Albert Heijn, who made his fortune in the supermarket business, settled in Herefordshire when he left the Netherlands.

He was involved in the founding of Hereford's Left Bank Village complex in the 1990s and turned Ford Abbey into a corporate venue.

Later he and his wife built up a herd of Hereford cattle, with a prize-winning bull named Albert.

He died at his home at Pudleston Court, near Leominster, aged 83.


Albert Heijn had an illustrious and highly successful career in his family's international supermarket chain, based in the Netherlands, and he is credited with introducing barcodes to the retail market.

He moved to Herefordshire more than 20 years ago, after his brother was kidnapped and murdered in the Netherlands in 1987.

The Left Bank village complex in Hereford
The Left Bank village complex in Hereford

During the next two decades, he and his wife Monique invested millions of pounds in the county where he had made his home.

In the 1990s he transformed a run-down area of Hereford into the Left Bank Village complex, containing bars. restaurants and conference facilities.

The couple also turned Ford Abbey, at Docklow near Leominster, into a corporate venue.

In the last few years they had focused on farming, and built up a herd of Hereford cattle at the 280-acre Ford Abbey farm.

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