In 1972, Hechinger Co. had amassed over 15 retail locations and had expanded its offering to include plumbing and electrical supplies, general hardware items, building goods and home improvement products. The company went public in 1972 and was immediately successful. As a multi-billion dollar corporation, it grew to over 115 retail outlets.
Hechinger Co. went on to develop retail locations including shopping malls in previously disadvantaged areas, enticing large anchor tenants and providing much needed retail access in areas that were previously considered ‘no-go’ zones for businesses.
Though Hechinger Co. eventually sold its stake and was quickly absorbed by larger national chains, Richard England and his wife Lois moved into the world of philanthropy and charity. Richard spent the rest of his life devoted to a number of causes dear to his heart.