Allied Refrigeration Inc. was founded in 1912 by L.B. Marsh and Frank Sarson. Marsh's nephew, Bob Nichols (chairman), and his sons, including CEO Rob, run and own Allied Refrigeration. What does it take to cool Southern California and Las Vegas? Allied Refrigeration probably knows. Through some 15 locations in California and Las Vegas, Allied Refrigeration distributes air conditioning, ventilation, heating, and refrigeration parts, equipment, and controls. Its 30,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in Long Beach keeps branches supplied with more than 9,000 items from major manufacturers, including Honeywell, Heatcraft, Maglite, Tyco Thermal Controls, and Fluke.
Brantano keeps the whole family on its feet. Brantano NV provides a wide variety of women's, men's, children's, and sports shoes. Brentano also offers accessories such as handbags, wallets, insoles, and shoe care items. Its shoes range in price from 25-125 Euros. Brantano NV provides shoes under its own brands and international brands, including NIKE, Clarks, and Reebok. Brantano sells its footwear in about 285 stores in Belgium, including Luxembourg, and the UK, as well as about a dozen franchises the Middle East. Brantano NV plans to expand its operations in other European countries. Netherlands-based Macintosh Retail Group acquired the Belgian shoe retailer in early 2008.
Shoprite stores offer fresh produce from local growers and regional specialty items, Waitrose-brand fresh foods, and Iceland brand frozen goods. Shoprite Group is a subsidiary of Nicholson Investments and is run by Deryck Nicholson.Shoprite wants consumers to exercise their right to shop. Shoprite Group owns and operates about 10 Shoprite supermarkets, a Mercedes-Benz dealership, two shopping centers, and a wine warehouse on the tiny Isle of Man. To stay afloat in the competitive UK grocery market, Shoprite Group has adopted an everyday-low-pricing strategy popularized by US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores, which bought Britain's ASDA Group in 2000.
Ports International was founded in 1961 by Luke Tanabe and sold to the family of current chief executive Alfred Chan in 1989. Ports Design has carved out a place in China's collective fashion consciousness. Ports Design Limited company designs, manufactures, and sells upscale clothing and accessories under the Ports International and BMW Lifestyle brands. Primarily serving China and Hong Kong, the company's Ports International retail chain sell menswear and womenswear through 300 stores in 55 Chinese cities. Ports Design Limited company also sells sporty casual wear through almost 30 BMW Lifestyle stores (BMW licensed Ports Design Limited company to make and sell branded products in China).
UP&S was founded in 1953 by Taylor Ramsey and is now owned by vice-chair Patti Ramsey, his daughter-in-law. United Pipe & Supply (UP&S) is trying to unite plumbing and HVAC specialists all over the Pacific Northwest. Operating through about 35 locations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, the company distributes equipment and supplies for irrigation, pumping and drilling, and heating and air conditioning. UP&S also provides specification and design consulting for architects, contractors, and designers.
ecohaus wants to improve on the home improvement store. The company offers some 1,500 eco-friendly building materials and products. It operates an online store for its green building supplies, as well as a pair of showrooms in Washington and Oregon for retail customers and trade professionals. Both showrooms were remodeled in 2008. ecohaus's products include reclaimed wood flooring, low-toxic paints, low-flow toilets, formaldehyde-free cabinets, and recycled-glass tiles. Matthew Freeman-Gleason, the company's chief knowledge officer, started the firm as a small storefront in 1992 on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Freeman-Gleason and chairman Tim Taylor are major shareholders of the company.
Tesco PLC, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a grocery retailer offering various food, non-food, and other retailing services. It operates various store formats that offer food and non-food products, such as fresh produce, wines and spirits, in-store bakery, ready-meals, sandwiches, DVDs, books, electrical equipment, homewares, clothing, health and beauty items, and garden furniture. The company also provides telecom services, including mobile network, home phone, Internet access, Internet phone, and various telecom products and services in store and online. In addition, it offers financial and insurance services ranging from savings accounts and credit cards to car and travel insurance. The company operates in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Turkey, Thailand, South Korea, Malaysia, Japan, the Peoples Republic of China, and the United States. As of May 1, 2009, it operated 4,308 stores. The company has a collaboration agreement with Microsoft Corporation to launch home video viewing. Tesco PLC was formerly known as Tesco Stores (Holdings) Limited and changed its name to Tesco PLC in 1983. The company was founded in 1919 and is based in Cheshunt, United Kingdom.
Debenhams has 153 stores across the UK and Ireland and a fully transactional website, reflecting Debenhams' commitment to offering our customers greater value, a wider choice and excellent service across every area in which we trade.Debenhams has sat front-row to fashion for nearly two centuries. The stalwart retailer runs about 155 mid-market department stores in the UK and Ireland that sell women's, men's, and children's apparel; cosmetics; and housewares under the Debenhams and Desire by Debenhams banners.
Moss Bros has been synonymous with quality and value in fine suits and clothing for men for well over a century. The Group's unparalleled reputation in formal menswear and unrivalled commitment to customer service sets it apart in a world that demands only the best. A distinguished heritage is the cornerstone of Moss Bros suits for men, a dynamic and forward-looking organisation which spans internationally renowned suit and menswear designers. In the UK, generations of style-conscious customers will know and trust our suits Moss Bros, Moss and Moss Bros Hire, Savoy Taylors Guild and Cecil Gee.
TAKKT AG wants office decor to have some tact. The mail-order company sells office furniture, equipment, fixtures, and supplies. TAKKT also peddles retail display cases and warehouse equipment, such as shelving, carts, containers, ladders, and conveyor belts. The company primarily operates through three divisions: KAISER + KRAFT EUROPA, K + K America, and TopdeQ. (K + K America owns C&H Distributors, Hubert, and National Business Furniture). TAKKT companies sell more than 130,000 products via online or printed catalogs. The company distributes more than 70 million catalogs in North America, Europe, and Asia each year. Franz Haniel & Cie. owns more than 70% of the company.
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