This Texas-based furniture store found a way to incorporate speed into its process without adding pressure to the customer. The most amazing part of the story behind Gallery Furniture isn’t just that the $100 million company was founded with only $5,000. It’s also not the fact that when the company’s main warehouse burnt down, its employees had the business up and running from a secondary location by morning. It’s that Jim McIngvale’s success is based on the fact that when he was younger, he was fired after college. 

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By offering high-quality appliances at the right price, this New Jersey retailer outcompetes many of its larger competitors. From it’s humble beginnings in 1941 with a single 1,800-square-foot store to its position today as one of the largest appliance retailers in the New York-Northern New Jersey area, Karl’s Appliance has continued to focus on providing the best prices on high-quality products to its customers. The Fairfield, NJ-based retailer now has eight stores with another one on the drawing board.

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An entrepreneurial spirit launched this c-store chain in 1984, and it’s only getting better. John Riley opened up his eighth c-store location in Weirton, WV in June this year. Considering when he opened his first he wasn’t sure which direction his entrepreneurial ambitions were going, the growth his chain has seen since 1984 is pretty impressive. 

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By understanding how to compete on more than price, this family-owned grocery store is growing while others in its industry are not. Ninety-three years after opening its doors, Mackenthun’s Fine Foods continues to find new ways to entrench itself in the lives of its community. Headquartered in Waconia, Minn., this fifth-generation family-owned and operated grocery store started off as a butcher shop. Although the meat and homemade sausage department continues to bring in customers today, it’s the spirit of service and innovation that makes Mackenthun’s a Twin Cities staple. 

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This 100-year-old, single-site women’s specialty store offers everything a lady desires from a successful shopping experience. A phrase coined by Miss Jackson’s founder Nelle Jackson in 1916 aptly describes the concept behind the Oklahoma-based women’s specialty store: culture counts for more than coin. 

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High quality goods at reasonable prices make this men’s high-end retailer a perfect fit for any business professional. Paul Fredrick MenStyle focuses on getting men into clothes that fit them well, are stylish, and are reasonably priced. It may sound basic, but according to COO Allen Abbott, there aren’t many companies that do the work required to make sure all three elements come into play, especially when it comes to fit. 

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Using its founder as an inspiration, this c-store and foodservice retailer continues to innovate. Carl Bolch, Sr. opened Carl Bolch Trackside Stations in 1934 with one thing in mind: to offer consistently lower-priced gasoline to the public. More than 75 years later, his legacy lives on in the more than 525 retail gasoline and convenience stores spread across 12 Southeastern states that make up RaceTrac Petroleum’s footprint. Under the guidance of his son Carl Bolch, Jr., who is chairman and CEO, and his granddaughter Allison Moran, who is a senior vice president, this family-owned company is now one of the larger c-store and foodservice retailers in the country. 

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On the corner of Main & Main, you’ll find these red-topped drive-thru grocers ready to meet your fill-in grocery needs. The concept of drive-thru convenience might be more relevant today than in decades past, but Swiss Farms has managed to make itself a staple in neighborhoods across the Northeast since 1968. Known for its iconic old barn and Swiss store silo, this Pennsylvania-based retailer has built its reputation on a hybrid concept combining express lane speed with fill-in foods that keep your pantry running smoothly. 

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