Houston — Joseph Brown, the founder of the Home Entertainment chain of A/V specialty stores, passed away at age 87.
He expanded Home Entertainment to 10 locations in Houston and Dallas and also founded Auto Entertainment. The businesses were sold in February 1999 to Tweeter, which grew into a 94-store 17-state chain grew that eventually closed its doors in 2008.
Brown also founded Industrial Audio Video in 1971. It is still in business.
Brown’s first retail store was a record store called the Disc Count House. He founded Home Entertainment in 1957.
He is survived by wife Marie, two daughters, a son-in-law and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son.
For more details on Brown’s life, see this obituary in the Houston Chronicle.