NASH FINCH CO. was founded in 1885 as a small candy and tobacco store in Devils Lake, N.D., by Fred Nash, who was soon joined by two bothers, Edgar and Willis, but the firm quickly branched into the wholesaling business. According to information on the company's website, the founders in the early years began buying fruit from the region's numerous farms in large quantities to sell to other retailers, and within a few years shifted their business completely to wholesaling. In 1891, the Nash ...

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