By  on November 13, 2012

Like any retailer with longevity, Holt Renfrew has had its share of twists and turns, ups and downs, ownership changes, image transformations, product and store expansions, and early in its 175-year history, a revolving door of partners.

But a string of ambitious and visionary businessmen — among them W. Galen Weston, Alvin J. Walker, Len Shavick and the enterprising young Irish merchant William Samuel Henderson who founded the store in 1837 — kept Holt Renfrew a step ahead of the competition through most of its history.

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