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P.C. Richard Celebrates 99th Birthday

10/15/2008 02:39:00 PM Eastern






P.C. Richard principals, including from left, Peter Jr., Gary, Bonni and Peter Richard, celebrate the company’s 99th anniversary at its Farmingdale, N.Y. headquarters. The photo, by Christie M. Farriella, appeared in The New York Daily News to salute the newspaper’s longtime advertiser.

Farmingdale, N.Y. — P.C. Richard & Son, the nation’s largest independently owned CE and appliance chain, is celebrating its 99th anniversary this year.

To help mark the occasion, The Daily News, the New York metro area newspaper, presented the company with a birthday cake at its corporate headquarters here last week.

The business was founded by Dutch immigrant Peter Christiaan (P.C.) Richard as a Brooklyn hardware store in 1909. Under his son, the late Alfred J. (A.J.) Richard, the company added appliances in the 1920s, radios in the 1930s and new locations throughout the New York metro area.

More recently, Peter’s great-grandson, current president Gregg Richard, was chosen to receive the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL’s) American Heritage Award at the annual National Consumer Technology Industry Awards Tribute and Dinner Dance, to be held Nov. 15 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan. Gregg was selected for his “involvement and giving back to the community and for keeping the family dream alive with P.C. Richard as one of the top names in the retail consumer sector,” the ADL said.