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Leon Gorman dies at 80; founder's grandson turned L.L. Bean into national retailer

Leon Gorman dies at 80; founder's grandson turned L.L. Bean into national retailer

Leon Gorman, a grandson of L.L. Bean who transformed a modest catalog company with a single store into a national retail presence with sales topping $1.5 billion, had died. He was 80. Gorman died at his home in Yarmouth, Maine, after battling cancer for several months, the company said. He led the firm carrying his grandfather's name as chief executive or chairman for 46 years before retiring from the Maine-based company as chairman of the board in 2013. He retained the title of chairman emeritus. Gorman led a modernization of his family's outdoor clothing and gear retail business after the founder's death. Under his leadership, L.L. Bean grew from 100 to 5,000 employees...

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