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Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame: Retail


From the corner store to nation-wide chains, immigrants have long been an integral part of bringing goods and services to American consumers. Today, they can be seen re-vitalizing neighborhoods in major cities, and they are unseen as the founders of some of the most popular stores in the United States.

Here we honor five immigrants who founded major retail chains.


Photo of TJ Maxx store

Max and Morris Feldberg
TJX, BJ’s Wholesale Club co-founder


Maxwell Kohl
Kohl’s founder


José Navarro, Sr.
Navarro Discount Pharmacies founder


John W. Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. co-founder

Photo of Big Lots store
Sol A. Shenk
Big Lots founder


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