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Alan L. Wurtzel

Circuit City Stores

1973 - 1986

Retail

1970 b. 1933
male
EducationTwoDegree
UndergraduateOberlin College
GraduateJD, Yale University
Personal
Born-Died1933
BirthplaceNew York (NY)
RaceWhite
FatherHead, Same Company
Era - 1970

Wurtzel took the helm of his family’s electronic retailing business and built it into a major retailer of electronics and appliances. He discontinued the company’s discount operations and invested heavily in two retailing concepts – a large-scale home appliance superstore (considered the first such superstore concept in electronics retailing) and a smaller, portable brand-name electronics storefront. Wurtzel perfected this merchandising strategy as his chain expanded throughout the United States, and under his direction, the firm’s business tripled.