Chicago's extraordinary Duke of Groceries annexed another province to his growing duchy. Canadian-born Nathan Cummings, who became a wholesale grocer only five years ago, when he took charge of Baltimore's ailing 72-year-old Kenny Co., is now one of the biggest wholesale grocers in the U.S.

In those five years he has bought control of 80-year-old Sprague, Warner & Co. of Chicago, of Western Grocer Co., and of Marshall Canning Co. Last week for $7,000,000 he bought control of 92-year-old Reid, Murdoch & Co. and set up Consolidated Grocers Corp. to own and run his combine. He expects it to do...

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