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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.

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