Broken In Haft

A family free-for-all shatters Washington's most prominent business empire

Less than one year ago, Herbert Haft and his family embodied the American business principle that if you get out from behind the counter, keep your elbows sharp and put your family to work, you can become a very rich clan. But lo, the destruction when that same ferocious solidarity and energy turn mean and inward.

The Hafts' vast retail empire was born 39 years ago in Washington, with Gloria nudging her husband Herbert out of the back of their drugstore and the couple boldly borrowing from Gloria's parents and liquidating their children's bonds to gamble on a discount pharmacy. The...

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