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Bernard F. Gimbel

Gimbel Brothers Department Stores

1925 - 1953

Retail

1920 b. 1885
male
EducationOneDegree
UndergraduateUniversity of Pennsylvania
Personal
Born-Died1885 - 1966
BirthplaceIndiana (IN)
RaceWhite
FatherHead, Same Company
Era - 1920

During his tenure as head of the firm, Gimbel grew annual sales of Gimbel Brothers Department Stores from $15 million to $500 million. Gimbel personally negotiated the purchase of competitor Saks and Company. In addition to the Gimbel Brothers Department Stores in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Milwaukee, Gimbel ran Saks Fifth Avenue stores in New York, Chicago, Detroit and Beverly Hills. During World War II, Gimbel earned huge profits on scarce consumer goods, which he had purchased earlier at low prices.