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May 8, 2008

Paul Gordon, chairman of family-owned Gordon Food Service (GFS), has died after a brief battle with cancer.

Paul Gordon, chairman of family-owned Gordon Food Service (GFS), has died after a brief battle with cancer. He was 84.

GFS, which was founded in 1897, is North America's largest private foodservice distributor with revenues of $5.9 billion.

Born on 13 July 1923 in Grand Rapids, Michigan (pictured), Paul was the first son of Ben and Ruth Gordon. At the time, Ben was working for his father-in-law, Isaac, in the family grocery wholesaling business.

May 2, 2008

From a single store in Altoona, Western Pennsylvania, the Sheetz family has grown the business into a $3 billion concern with more than 350 locations around the US. Bruce Love finds out how they did it

From a single store in Altoona, Western Pennsylvania, the Sheetz family has grown the business into a $3 billion concern with more than 350 locations around the US. Bruce Love finds out how they did it

November 4, 2007

When a feud between two brothers ripped retailing firm Soriana apart, it seemed unlikely that the family, and business, would survive. But, as the second-generation CEO tells Rodrigo Amaral, rejecting the term “family business” led to the firm’s, and the family’s, success

Rodrigo Amaral is a freelance journalist based in the UK.

When a feud between two brothers ripped retailing firm Soriana apart, it seemed unlikely that the family, and business, would survive. But, as the second-generation CEO tells Rodrigo Amaral, rejecting the term "family business" led to the firm's, and the family's, success

May 1, 2004

John Timpson is chairman of Timpson, a high street service retailer based in Wythenshowe, Manchester. The company was founded in 1903 and currently has 350 shops around the UK. John is married to Alex and has five children, of which two work in the business.

John Timpson is chairman of Timpson, a high street service retailer based in Wythenshowe, Manchester. The company was founded in 1903 and currently has 350 shops around the UK. John is married to Alex and has five children, of which two work in the business.

Saturday
Being a retailer I used to feel guilty not working Saturdays, but now Saturday morning is golf. With the course close to home, I can play 18 holes, visit the bar and be home for lunch.

November 1, 2003

The Douglas Miller brothers have embarked on an unprecedented expansion programme for their family’s 165 year old store. Despite these changes one thing will remain the same – family succession

Suzy Bibko is Editor in Chief of Families in Business magazine.

The Douglas Miller brothers have embarked on an unprecedented expansion programme for their family's 165 year old store. Despite these changes one thing will remain the same – family succession

September 1, 2003

Gerard Roche is a Director of the Irish company, Dublin Woollen Mills, a family-run retail business founded in 1888. Gerard has been actively working in the company since 1982. He is married to Angela and they recently had a baby boy, Harry

Gerard Roche is a Director of the Irish company, Dublin Woollen Mills, a family-run retail business founded in 1888. Gerard has been actively working in the company since 1982. He is married to Angela and they recently had a baby boy, Harry

Monday

June 1, 2003

Jo Macsween comes from a family of haggis aficionados. Macsween of Edinburgh Ltd has been making handmade haggis since 1953 and is currently run by the third generation, Jo and her brother, James. Established initially as retail butchers, the business undertook a certain amount of manufacturing of meat products, including the now famous haggis. In 1996, the business relocated to the world’s first custom-built haggis factory just outside Edinburgh, enabling Macsween to continue producing high quality haggis and meet the ever increasing, world-wide demand

Jo Macsween comes from a family of haggis aficionados. Macsween of Edinburgh Ltd has been making handmade haggis since 1953 and is currently run by the third generation, Jo and her brother, James. Established initially as retail butchers, the business undertook a certain amount of manufacturing of meat products, including the now famous haggis. In 1996, the business relocated to the world's first custom-built haggis factory just outside Edinburgh, enabling Macsween to continue producing high quality haggis and meet the ever increasing, world-wide demand

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