Retail Pioneer, Founder Target Stores, Venture Stores, The Wholesale Club, Consultant to Sam Walton
John f. & Mary A. Geisse
John F. Geisse married Mary Ann Wakeen of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, February 4, 1950. All 10 children were born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Larry, Timothy, Thomas, Terry, Andy, John K., Nancy, Kathleen, Sally, Amy
Target Stores documents & pictures.
John F. Geisse Wikipedia article here includes a good summary of the founding of Target Stores in 1962.
Venture Stores documents & pictures.
Venture Stores was May Company’s entry into the upscale discount store business. Based in St. Louis Venture Stores in 1976, the chain was eventually sold.
The Wholesale Club documents & pictures.
The Wholesale Club was the 1st of the Price Club clones, 1982-1991, based in Indianapolis. It grew from zero to $1 billion in sales in 7 years. The chain of 29 warehouses was sold to Sam Walton’s Sam’s Club in early 1991.