Barnes & Noble was founded by a man named Arthur Hinds at the Cooper Union Building in New York City. Although it was called Arthur Hinds & Company at first, through a series of new owners the name eventually changed to Barnes & Noble to represent the new owners William Barnes and Gilbert Clifford Noble.
GNC was founded in 1935 by a health conscious man named David Shakarian, although it originally went by a different name. GNC was first named Lackzoom after Shakarian's parent's failed yogurt business.
Way back in 1927, Jefferson "Uncle Johnny" Green began to notice a need for milk, bread and ice during hours when most stores were closed. He started driving around, selling those products in and around Dallas, until his business eventually turned into what it is today.
In 1959, Wayne Mitchell purchased an old furniture store on The Sunset Strip and turned it into the Guitar Center. Since then, it's gone on to make history and sell musical instruments to some of today's top musicians.
Four friends from the Navy saw an opening in the auto parts industry and pooled together $800 to open the first Pep Boys. And, while the foursome of owners eventually changed, they're still the best at fixing your flat.
Despite their recent health scares, Chipotle is the s**t and anyone who denies that is taste-blind. I hope that Steve Ells knew that when he turned an old ice cream shop near the University of Denver into the very first Chipotle back in 1993.