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Mitchells at 50

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Overview

The first family of specialty retailing celebrates a half-century of excellence.

From This Issue

Norma and Ed Mitchell's store had humble beginnings.

Retail

How Mitchells Became a Retail Legend

Mitchells is a family-owned company that grew from a single store into a small empire.

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Bill Mitchell

Retail

The Maitre d’: “What Worked in 1958 Still Works”

Bill Mitchell aims to give customers “a sensational experience” when they walk in the door.

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Jack Mitchell

Retail

The Author: Passing on the Principles

Jack Mitchell’s second career is a natural extension of his first.

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Family business consultant David Bork.

Human Resources

The Family Counselor

Since 1970, consultant David Bork has guided retailers through the inevitable pitfalls of a family-owned business.

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Ellen Finlayson

Retail

Turning Point: Mitchells’ Women’s Business Elbows Past Men’s

The faster-turning category accounted for nearly $60 million in sales at Mitchells last year?for the first time, more than men?s wear.

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Hugging is a hallmark of the Mitchells culture.

Retail

Class Action at Hugging U

Mitchells’ new “university” gives employees the skills to improve their lives, both personal and professional.

clock July 21, 2008Brenda Lloyd

Ermenegildo Zenga is the company's largest men's vendor.

Retail

Partners in Prime

Mitchells’ strategy involves luxury, loyalty, and lots of “hugging”.

clock July 21, 2008Brenner Thomas

Vineyard Vines outpost in Key largo.

Retail

Family Ties

Natural collaborators, the founders of Mitchells and Vineyard Vines share similar backgrounds.

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The Mitchells Message

Retail

The Mitchells Message

Through 50 years of growth, Mitchells’ marketing campaigns have remained faithful to the family name.

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Jewelry  is a growing area for Mitchells three stores.

Retail

Where Sales Sparkle

By upgrading to the jewelry category, Mitchells has created a multimillion-dollar business at its three stores.

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Dominick Condoleo

Retail

Mitchells’ Extended Family

Many Mitchells employees have spent a lifetime with the company. Meet a few of the most powerful.

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Ed and Norma Mitchell

Retail

The Mitchells Scorecard

A concise guide to which Mitchell does what.

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