Margaret Mahy, one of the founders of Guernsey store Aladdin’s Cave, passed away on June 10 after a long battle with cancer.
She set up Aladdin’s Cave with her husband Eric in 1979 after firstly running a successful campsite in the 1970s. The demand for equipment then saw them take on a lease on a 6,000 sq ft retail unit not far from the campsite, selling camping equipment, outdoor furniture and housewares.
The enterprise flourished and grew into a department store of just under 40,000 sq ft, selling housewares, toys, electrical products, nursery ware, outdoor leisure products, gifts, furniture and soft furnishings, and in the late 1990s the Mahys’ son Jason, daughter Julie and son-in-law Robert joined the company as directors.
The company now owns leading Jersey toy shop 101 Toys as well as Micks Fishing Supplies, the largest tackle business in Guernsey, employing 60 people in total across the Islands.
Margaret had many friends within the housewares Industry, and became close friends with many agents and representatives.
For those who wish to make a gesture in Margaret’s memory, a donation may be sent to Guernsey Society for Cancer Relief, J Greany (Treasurer), La Croute, Route des Bruliaux, St Piere du Bois, Guernsey GY7 9BA.
Margaret’s family extend their thanks for the many cards and messages of sympathy received from friends and colleagues in the industry.