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Cooks’Wares Owner Fricke Passes Away

Paul Fricke, owner of the Cooks’Wares gourmet kitchenware store in Cincinnati, died Thursday after an illness.
Before Fricke founded Cooks’Wares in 1992 with his wife, Mary, son, Steve, and daughter, Sharon, he held various department store merchandising and operations positions, rising to senior vp/operations at Federated’s Lazarus chain.
Fricke also was a longtime Gourmet Catalog store member and group advisor.
“Our world will be less perfect without Paul’s informed advice, his excellent product knowledge, and his ongoing bottom-line commentary,” said Janis Johnson, president of Gourmet Catalog. “He will be missed.”

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