Death of Leo Kahn

December 31, 1916 - May 11, 2011
Boston, Massachusetts | Age 94

Co-founder of Staples dies at 94
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MAE ANDERSON, The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Leo Kahn, who co-founded Staples and helped start the age of "big box" retail stores, died Wednesday in Boston. He was 94.

Kahn first made his name in the grocery business in New England. He started Staples with a former competitor, Tom Stemberg, in 1985, after they decided to go into business together and were seeking new ideas outside groceries.

At the time, there were no office-supply superstores. Kahn and Stemberg were...

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