Serving Niagara's Fine Clothing Needs Since 1946
An Old Sewing Machine A Few Bolts of Material... And A Clock
The story of Jack Nash Fine Clothiers begins in 1946 when my father, Jack, bought a small merchant tailor store, a business that had existed on St. Paul St. since the early 1900s.
The original 800 sq. ft store came with nothing but a few bolts of suiting material, an old manual sewing machine, and a small number of tables. Then to our surprise and pleasure, we discovered a valuable old school clock (at right) which is still in use in our store today and the only item remaining from that time.
Our family store grew when my brother Maurice joined the business soon after being discharged from the RCAF. A short time later, I also joined after finishing high school.
The Jack Nash business flourished in the time after the end of the Second World War, as service men were returning to St. Catharines, needing new clothes. This was a happy time for everyone.
The war was finally over, and after years of drab wartime attire, everyone was eager to dress in beautiful colors and fresh new styles. At that time, our business was devoted exclusively to the making of men's clothing, mainly suits, jackets and trousers. Since we carried no ready-to-wear items in our early days, everything we sold was made to measure.
Post War Expansion
Post war was a busy and prosperous time for us. The demand for custom tailored clothing was enormous, allowing our store to increase in size three fold.
Our family took over the existing stores on each side of the original location and we eventually purchased the building about 20 years later when the opportunity finally presented itself. Now owning the building, a series of major improvements were undertaken, and we increased the space with an addition to the rear.
By the early 1960's, we had become a full service men's clothier, calling ourselves a "Custom Tailor & Haberdasher". As business continued to improve, we looked for opportunities to expand, eventually adding a store in St. Catharines’ Grantham Plaza, another in downtown Niagara Falls, and one in Welland"s Seaway Mall.
Focus On Quality and Service
As the needs of our clientele changed over time, so did our business. In 1990 we decided to consolidate our stores to the two St. Catharines locations, in order to continue to keep up the quality of our products and services we have become known for.
My brother Maurice and I each took a store to manage. Maurice eventually reached the age of retirement, allowing my son Dave, who had been working with his Uncle for a few years, the opportunity to manage his own store (Dave and Harold Nash at right).
Over time, the inventory mix has changed in our business from strictly men's wear to the addition of young men's, boys and eventually ladies wear.
In the 1980's we decided to sell our downtown property to concentrate on our Grantham Plaza location where we now focus on being a full service men's and ladies' clothier.
Three Generations and 65 Years Later
We are very proud of the fact that a small business which started in 1946 by my father Jack now has a third generation Nash at its head.
Dave and I would like to thank all or our loyal customers for allowing us to have the benefit of our 65th year of continuous service to the Niagara Peninsula. We welcome all customers, past present and future to celebrate this special anniversary with us.