By  on March 28, 2013

The Men’s Wearhouse has come a long way since road salesman George Zimmer opened his first storefront in Houston in 1973 to move some polyester sport coats he had left over after Foley’s canceled an order. “The May Co. played a pivotal role in the start of the Men’s Wearhouse,” chief executive officer Douglas Ewert said with a chuckle.

Forty years later, the company has grown into a $2.5 billion behemoth with the leading market share in men’s wear retailing in both the U.S. and Canada. It operates 640 Men’s Wearhouse stores along with 280 tuxedo rental units in the U.S. and 120 Moores stores in Canada, as well as 97 K&G superstores, a uniform division and a dry-cleaning operation. Over the years, it has acquired a number of competitors, including C&R Clothiers, Kuppenheimer, Today’s Man, After Hours and K&G, enhancing its position in the industry.

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