By  on June 23, 2010

An interview with Gimbel’s chairman, Ellis A. Gimbel, in the Feb. 9, 1950, issue of WWD contained plenty of predictions for the future of retail that were right on the money. Intercontinental delivery service in a matter of days? Hello, Net-a-porter. Remote-controlled shopping? HSN and QVC have had that particular waterfront covered for years now. But the retail executive had one outlandish prophecy: a store on the moon. After all, according to the article, “Expansion…is uppermost in the Gimbel mind at all times.”


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