RETAILING: Grants Cuts Back

In the 69 years since it was founded as a 250 variety store in Lynn, Mass., the W.T. Grant Co. had never failed to ring up an annual profit. Indeed, until recently it had been pursuing a headlong expansion program. But last week Chairman James G. Kendrick confirmed rumors that had been sweeping the industry for months: Grant's profits and progress had both come to a thudding halt. After a grim meeting with Grant's bankers at the chain's new Manhattan headquarters, Kendrick said that the company would report a loss of $175...

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