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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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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.
Second Men’s Wearhouse store opens.
First Men’s Wearhouse TV commercial airs.
Company expands to its second market, the San Francisco Bay Area.
George Zimmer appears in his first TV commercial.
Men’s Wearhouse continues to expand, opening stores in the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest and the Midwest.
Men’s Wearhouse goes public, raising $13 million in its initial public offering. Store count is 143.
Men’s Wearhouse enters the Los Angeles market and introduces sportswear.
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.
Company buys Kuppenheimer and the Joseph & Feiss label.
Men’s Wearhouse buys C&R Clothiers and Walter Pye.
The company enters the New York market. Revenues exceed $1 billion.
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.
Men’s Wearhouse named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work for” in America by Fortune Magazine.
Tuxedo rentals roll out to nearly all Men’s Wearhouse stores. Web site launches.
Men’s Wearhouse opens a chain of dry cleaning stores, MW Cleaners, in the Houston area.
Purchases majority interest in Dimensions and Alexandria PLC, career apparel businesses in the U.K.
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.