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The Paul Puncher Story

Within the comfortable atmosphere of a magnificently restored old train station at Regina and Erb Streets in Uptown Waterloo, Paul Puncher menswear has successfully engineered a sense of timelessness that compliments the future of the business.

Paul Puncher identity commits itself to a blend of history and progression

Postcard of Waterloo train station from 1913.

Postcard of Waterloo train station from 1913.

With a rich history dating back to 1919 at Washburn’s Menswear in downtown Kitchener, the Paul Puncher identity commits itself to a blend of history and progression that embodies the classic Paul Puncher man.

Dedicated to creating a lasting influence in Uptown Waterloo, Paul Puncher menswear is a natural fit in the old Grand Trunk Railway station that brought up to nine trains a day at its peak through the old town of Waterloo in the 1910s. The train station served as a hub of commerce and activity, and with the inauguration of Paul Puncher menswear, it seems nothing has changed.

Moving the caboose - Paul Puncher 2012 Renovations

Moving the caboose – Paul Puncher 2012 Renovations

To move through the Paul Puncher Experience, from the formal to the casual, you are drawn seamlessly through past and present into the future of your better self. Through their ambitious renovation in 2012, marrying the old with the new, the history with the future, Paul Puncher was able to naturally sew together classic and modern, reflecting their commitment to their diverse offerings in both formal and casual fine menswear.

Chronology

1919 Washburn’s Menswear established in downtown Kitchener
1962 Paul Puncher joins Washburn’s as sales associate
1975 Paul Puncher Men’s Clothier established through purchase of Washburn business
1985 Scott Puncher joins Paul Puncher as sales associate
1993 Scott Puncher becomes partner in Paul Puncher Men’s Clothier
1996 Paul Puncher negotiates agreement with City of Waterloo for the re-establishment of Paul Puncher Men’s Clothier in the historic train station on Regina Street in Uptown Waterloo
1997 Paul Puncher Men’s Clothier opened for business on May 1st
1998 Paul Puncher Men’s Clothier leased Coach House for future endeavor
1999 Puncher Casual opened for business in Coach House
2001 1st Annual Puncher Tent Sale
2002 Matthew Strongman joins Paul Puncher Men’s Clothier as sales associate
2007 Scott Puncher purchases Paul Puncher Men’s Clothier
2009 Matthew Strongman becomes partner in Paul Puncher Men’s Clothier
2010 Paul Puncher Men’s Clothier purchases Train Station from City of Waterloo