Former Gottschalks CEO Joe Levy Passes Away

A popular Fresno businessman, who also made many contributions to the community, has passed away. Joe Levy, former Gottschalks CEO, died of pneumonia on Monday.

Levy was born in Fresno and attended Fresno high school.

The 82 year-old was CEO of his family's department store, Gottschalks, for 13-years. Gottschalks was the first department store in the Central Valley and its headquarters were in Fresno.

The department store went out of business in 2010. Levy wanted to re-open the store under the name, "Gottschalk by Joe Levy." However, the store never opened.

Levy leaves behind his wife, children and grandchildren.