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  • John Walker (c.1805 - 1857)
    Founder of the Johnnie Walker whisky distillery empire.
  • Joseph Fry (1728 - 1803)
    ) Joseph Fry (1728 – 27 March 1787), was an English type-founder and chocolate maker and founder of the Bristol branch of the Quaker Fry family He was the eldest son of John Fry (d. 1775) ...
  • William Caxton (c.1415 - d.)
    William Caxton From Wikipedia (ca. 1415~1422 – ca. March 1492) was an English merchant, diplomat, writer and printer. He is thought to be the first English person to work as a printer and ...
  • David Howard Murdock (1923 - d.)
    David Howard Murdock owns Dole Food; the real-estate development company Castle & Cook; virtually the entire Hawaiian island of Lanai and its two Four Seasons golf resorts; an Arabian horse-b...
  • Daniela Pakzad
    Daniela Pakzad Creative Director of Bijan – since 1984 Vice president of creative services for Bijan Fragrances (Beverly Hills, CA), Daniela worked side by side with her father, design...

The object of this project is to catalogue notable retailers or business magnates, founders of big chain stores etc., linking them to profiles and trees on GENi. These giants mostly started out as ordinary shopkeepers.

The project is international.

See also Shopkeepers where you can add profiles of those who were the backbone of society - ordinary shopkeepers.

Note: Links in bold are to GENi profiles. Where no there is not a profile on GENi (yet) links are to outside resources.

Notable Retailers

People of great influence, importance, or standing in particular fields of business. "The term characteristically refers to a wealthy individual who controls through personal business ownership or dominant shareholding position a firm or industry whose goods, products, or services are widely consumed". Business Magnate

Agricultural

  • Samuel Northrup Castle (1808–1894) Hawaiin Businessman and politician. Co-founder of the firm Castle & Cooke which sold farm tools, sewing equipment, and medicine, and invested in Hawaii's sugar industry with plantations in Kohala & Haiku.
  • Amos Starr Cooke (1810–1871) Hawaiian businessman, Co-founder of the firm Castle & Cooke which sold farm tools, sewing equipment, and medicine and invested in Hawaii's sugar industry with plantations in Kohala & Haiku.
  • James Drummond Dole (1877–1958), also known as the "Pineapple King'", was an American industrialist who developed the pineapple industry in Hawaii and established the Hawaiian Pineapple Company, or HAPCO, which later to become the Dole Food Company, which now does business in over 90 countries. Dole was a cousin (once removed) of Sanford B. Dole, President of the Republic of Hawaii.
  • David Howard Murdock (1923) 'American businessman and philanthropist. Owner of Dole Food and real-estate development company Castle & Cook; Hotelier, golf clubs owner, Arabian horse breeder. He took over the nearly bankrupt Hawaiian firm Castle & Cooke, which owned pineapple and banana producer Dole Food Company. He developed Castle & Cooke's real estate portfolio into residential and commercial properties and turned Dole into the world's largest producer of fruits and vegetables.

Booksellers

  • Barnes and Noble 1917
  • Charles M. Barnes who opened a book-printing business in Wheaton, Illinois in 1873 and his son
  • William Barnes, went into partnership with
  • Gilbert Clifford Noble (1860-1936) in 1917
  • Henry Walton Smith (1738-1792) founder of W H Smith, one of the United Kingdom's largest bookselling and newspaper vending businesses.
  • Tim Waterstone (1939 Glasgow) founder of the United Kingdom bookselling retail chain Waterstones

Bottle Stores

Builders' Merchants

  • Benjamin Ingram
  • Sandell Perkins

Catalogue Retailers

  • Argos is a subsidiary of Home Retail Group - founded by Sainsbury's supermarket chain and Belgian retailer GB-Inno-BM

Clothing Retailers

Confectioners

  • Joseph Fry (1728-1803) Founder of Fry's Chocolate

Department Stores

Distillers

  • John 'Johnie' Walker (1805-1857) Scottish grocer, who originated what would become one of the world’s most famous whisky brand names, Johnnie Walker.

D.I.Y retailers

  • B&Q (UK)
  • Bill Archer
  • Greg Stanley (who had previously built up and sold the DIY chain Fads)
  • Mike Williams - Focus Homecentres 1987
  • Homebase is a subsidiary of Home Retail Group - founded by Sainsbury's supermarket chain and Belgian retailer GB-Inno-BM
  • Henry Dunn Wickes in Michigan. USA in 1854

Drug Retailers (Chemists)

Electrical Appliance Retailers

Fashion Designers

Fast Food Retailers

Fashion

Furniture

Garden Centres

Grocers - Supermarket Chains

Hardware Chains

Jewellers

Mail Order

Motor Industry

Music Retailers

Optics

Pottery/Porcelain

Printers

  • William Caxton (circa 1415- nn) English merchant, diplomat, writer and printer. He is thought to be the first English person to work as a printer and the first to introduce a printing press into England. He was also the first English retailer of printed books

Restaurants

Retailers - multi - faceted

  • François Pinault (1936) French businessman who runs the retail company PPR. His holding company, Artemis S.A., owns (or owned), among others, Converse shoes, Samsonite luggage, Château Latour, the Vail Ski Resort in Colorado, and Christie's auction house.

Sports Retailers

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