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Men’s Wearhouse Timeline

Major events in the history of the company.

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Men'sWeek issue 06/02/2011

1971-1972
George Zimmer is introduced to the apparel trade when traveling to Hong Kong to work for his father, who owns a coat manufacturing business.

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1973
George Zimmer opens the first Men’s Wearhouse store in Houston. The merchandise consists largely of polyester sport coats from his father’s company. A cigar box is used to store money.

1974
Second Men’s Wearhouse store opens.

1975
First Men’s Wearhouse TV commercial airs.

1981
Company expands to its second market, the San Francisco Bay Area.

1986
George Zimmer appears in his first TV commercial.

1986-1992
Men’s Wearhouse continues to expand, opening stores in the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest and the Midwest.

1992
Men’s Wearhouse goes public, raising $13 million in its initial public offering. Store count is 143.

1993
Men’s Wearhouse enters the Los Angeles market and introduces sportswear.

1994-1998
Men’s Wearhouse expands throughout the country at an average rate of one store a week. There are 431 stores by the end of 1998.

1996
Company buys Kuppenheimer and the Joseph & Feiss label.

1997
Men’s Wearhouse buys C&R Clothiers and Walter Pye.

1998
The company enters the New York market. Revenues exceed $1 billion.

1999
Men’s Wearhouse tests the tuxedo rental business in 12 stores in the Pacific Northwest.

The company purchases the Canadian men’s wear chain Moores The Suit People, which becomes Moores Clothing for Men.

Men’s Wearhouse purchases K&G Men’s Superstore, which becomes K&G Fashion Superstore,
a discount superstore retailer.

2000
Men’s Wearhouse named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work for” in America by Fortune Magazine.

2002
Tuxedo rentals roll out to nearly all Men’s Wearhouse stores. Web site launches.

2005

Men’s Wearhouse opens a chain of dry cleaning stores, MW Cleaners, in the Houston area.

2010
Purchases majority interest in Dimensions and Alexandria PLC, career apparel businesses in the U.K.

2011
Douglas Ewert to succeed George Zimmer as chief executive officer. Zimmer to continue as executive chairman. Revenues now exceed $2 billion and the group owns nearly 1,200 stores.

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