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General Nutrition Centers or GNC is a Pittsburgh-based American commercial enterprise focusing on the retail sale of health and nutrition related products, over the counter drugs, and foods/food supplements world-wide through GNC branded stores. GNC's origins began in Pittsburgh, 1935, when David Shakarian founded a chain of health food stores called Lackzoom. The name changed to "General Nutrition Centers" in the 1960s, and has since become the world's largest health products retailer. In December 2003, GNC was sold by then owner Royal Numico, a leading Dutch baby food maker, to private equity firm Apollo Management. In March 2007, Apollo sold GNC to the tandem of private equity firm Ares Management LLC and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. Throughout... more
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