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Harry B. Cunningham

S. S. Kresge Company/K Mart

1959 - 1972

Retail

1950 b. 1907
male
Personal
Born-Died1907 - 1992
BirthplacePennsylvania (PA)
RaceWhite
Era - 1950

Cunningham took over S. S. Kresge with a vision to convert the retail chain into a discounter. Cunningham opened the first K-Mart discount store in a Detroit suburb in 1962. When Cunningham embarked on his mission, company sales were $483 million, less than half of Woolworth’s. In just a few years, K-Mart had overtaken Woolworth. Cunningham opened K-Mart stores at a pace of about 150 per year during his tenure. By 1980, S.S. Kresge, now renamed K-Mart Corporation, had sales of nearly $13 billion.