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General Nutrition Corporation

 
Overview
In 1935, David Shakarian launched a dream of his by establishing a little health food store in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania called Lackzoom. Shakarian's first storefront was located at 418 Wood Street in Pittsburgh's Downtown district. Lackzoom specialized in yogurt, a food his father helped introduce in the United States, but also sold other healthy foods such as honey, grains and "health sandwiches." Even though "health food" was thought to be a passing fad back then, people embraced Shakarian's store. From his first day's receipts of only $35 he was able to make enough money to open a second location six months later.

Disaster struck with the 1936 St. Patrick's Day flood, which wiped out both of Shakarian's stores, but he reopened both locations and went on to own six Pittsburgh area stores within five years. By 1947, he decided to get the word out to the people about the benefits of "health food."

The 60's decade saw many changes; as people began to embrace the whole concept of natural foods and better nutrition, Shakarian decided to embrace the demand and opened stores in other states. In this process he also changed the name of the store to General Nutrition Center.

As the store count continued to grow, GNC began producing its own vitamin and mineral supplements as well as foods, beverages and cosmetics. By the early 80's the number of GNC locations had grown to over 1,000.

Although we lost our founder in 1984, GNC has steadfastly continued to expand upon David Shakarian's dream. General Nutrition Companies, Inc., still has Pittsburgh roots. Our worldwide headquarters is located just two blocks from the original storefront. As the largest nationwide specialty retailer of vitamin, mineral, herbal supplements, and sports nutrition supplements, as well as many personal care and related products, GNC operates more than 5,000 retail outlets throughout the United States and in 29 foreign markets including Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico.
Vision
At General Nutrition Centers, we've been developing quality products for over 65 years, guaranteeing to you that your health is the best it can be. Over the last several generations, we've listened to your needs and have responded with the largest selection of nutritional supplements on the market today.

As we have grown over the years, so has our commitment. We have set the standard in the health and nutrition industry by demanding truth in labeling, ingredient safety and potency, while remaining on the cutting edge of nutritional science. We are the world's largest company of its kind devoted exclusively to helping our customers improve their quality of life through better nutrition and healthier living.

From our scientific research and new product discovery to our manufacturing and packaging processes and finally our interaction with you in our stores and after you buy the product, everything GNC does is done with rigorous quality. Come see more about what makes us different each step of the way to helping you Live Well.




THE GNC MISSION
  • To continue to be the leading provider of products, services and information in the self-care and personal health enhancement market.
  • To provide a shopping experience that exceeds our customers' expectations.
  • People
    There is no greater gift than good health and not greater satisfaction than helping others to achieve it. That's why you owe it to yourself to explore a future with General Nutrition Centers, the world's largest specialty retailer of nutritional supplements and other health and self-care products. Here you will join a dynamic group of people excited to be a part of the health and nutrition industry and share in its tremendous growth.

    At GNC, we are a family of diverse and dedicated individuals bringing our unique talents together to help others live well. Working together, we strive

    •To be vital, positive and life affirming in everything we do.
    •To inspire people to act positively on their own behalf
    •To be innovative in our approach to each new challenge
    •And to make the highest quality products in our industry.

    The satisfaction and pride of working for a progressive industry leader that touches the lives of so many people can be yours at GNC. If you would like to work well, play well, and live well, then consider joining our talented team.

    Working for GNC is more than a job. It's a commitment to helping people improve the quality of their lives through better nutrition and healthier living. Whatever role you play at GNC, you will be an important team member who contributes to our success and future growth as well as the well being of people around the world.

    Here, you will enjoy a high-energy environment, recognition, and respect as well as an ongoing opportunity for professional growth. If you are a quality minded individual seeking a challenging and rewarding future, GNC is the place to be.
    Products
    GNC sets the standard in the health and nutrition industry by demanding truth in labeling, ingredient safety and product potency, all while remaining on the cutting edge of nutritional science. As our company has grown over the years, so has our commitment. In fact, General Nutrition Centers is the world's largest company of its kind devoted exclusively to helping its customers improve their quality of life.

    From scientific research and new product discovery to manufacturing and packaging process, GNC takes pride in our rigorous approach to ensuring quality. Our commitment to quality extends to our interactions with you in our stores and after you buy our products.