Gerald Weisfeld, founder of fashion firm What Every Woman Wants, has died aged 79.

The businessman battled a long-term illness but died on Sunday night surrounded by family.

What Every Woman Wants was founded in Glasgow in 1971 and Gerald grew the chain, alongside his wife Vera, to more than 130 stores across the UK.

At its peak, the stores boasted a turnover of more than £100 million as it continued to grow in 1989.

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The pair sold the business in 1990 for £50m.

In November of last year the original building that housed the flagship store on Argyle Street was torn down.

Gerald spent the last few years of his life in Bothwell Castle Care Home, and then Summerlee House Care Home in Coatbridge.

The Daily Record reported that a representative for the family said in a statement: "They are requesting privacy at this time."