George Zimmer Gets The Boot. Board Fires Men’s Wearhouse Founder.

June 20, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More

The news is everywhere. George Zimmer, Men’s Wearhouse founder and chairman, was fired by the company’s Board of Directors yesterday.

The iconic “You’re going like the way you look. I guarantee it.”, deep baritone spoken phrase is probably the only thing that keeps me engaged with the Men’s Wearhouse store chain from a mind-share point of view, so it’ll be interesting to see how the company fares without that signature piece over the long-term.

Details of his firing is speculative at best.  Reading between the lines, the company appears to claim that George wasn’t playing nicely with the other board members as a result of disagreement in the direction of the brand.

There’s two sides to every story, and somewhere in between lies the truth.  Curious if Men’s Wearhouse will continue on it’s stand-alone retailer path or look to merge with another equal or larger brand? I think it would be interesting to see mini Men’s Wearhouse pop-up stores within department stores.

Regardless, props to George for taking the Men’s Wearhouse from a one-store operation in 1973 to a 1,200+ store multi-billion dollar enterprise. I’m sure he’d be an amazing mentor.

I’d love to see George do it all over again.  I wonder what his non-compete looks like?

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  1. Will

    says:

    Wow! George really has been the face and voice of that company for years. I hadn’t heard the news yet and I’m pretty shocked. I did notice their ads had kind of adopted a different tone as of late. Like they were trying to be a little more edgy or “cool.”

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