of Grafton-Fraser Inc.
the leading Canadian retailor of men's apparel,
Grafton-Fraser Inc. operates through its retail
chains; Tip Top Tailors , George Richards
Big & Tall, Mr. Big and Tall, and Kingsport
Big and Tall Clothiers.
Taking its strength from over a century of
heritage, today Grafton-Fraser remains committed
to the retail clothing industry by responding
to the ever-changing demands of the market.
The earliest beginnings of Grafton-Fraser
Inc. can be traced back to 1853 and Janes
Beatty Grafton. By 1889 the Company was ready
to begin expanding. On July 19, 1967, Grafton
purchased the net retail assets of Jack Fraser
Stores Limited, and the name of the newly
enlarged corporation became Grafton-Fraser
Jack Fraser Stores was founded in 1926. By
1967, Jack Fraser Stores were represented
from coast to coast in principle shopping
centers across Canada.
The next major acquisition occurred in 1977
with the purchase of George Richards King
size Clothes Limited, Canada's largest chain
of specialty apparel stores for big and tall
The Company divested itself of all non-core
activities and all non-Canadian enterprises,
most of which had been acquired or launched
during the 1970's and 1980's. It also gained
a new controlling shareholder, Cadillac Fairview
Corporation, the developer and a new President
and CEO, Glenn Stonehouse.
Just two years later, Glenn Stonehouse engineered
a levered buyout of the Company from Cadillac
Fairview. The chain was repositioned slightly
to accommodate Mr. Big and Tall. Together
with the George Richards Big and Tall stores,
Grafton-Fraser Inc. now had a corner on the
new growth specialty market of big and tall
The year 2000 saw the largest acquisition
of all. Grafton-Fraser Inc. bought the Tip
Top Tailors chain from Dylex Ltd. in July
of that year. Overnight, the size of the Company
doubled to over 200 stores.
In 2005, following its own example set in
the early 1990's, Grafton-Fraser once again
reorganized, by integrating its Jack Fraser
locations under the Tip Top Tailors banner.
Taking the winning formula from each division,
the new Tip Top Tailors is well positioned
in all major centers throughout Canada.
One year later, Glenn Stonehouse, former Chairman
& CEO of Grafton-Fraser Inc. reached an
agreement with GB Merchant Partners (a private
With a proud tradition, dynamic presence,
and a promising future, Grafton-Fraser Inc.
is guided by the philosophy endowed by its
founders. Today the GFI organization is comprised
of 4 menswear divisions across Canada;
Tip Top Tailors: 102 locations
George Richards Big and Tall: 39 locations
Mr. Big and Tall: 22 locations
Kingsport Big and Tall Clothier: 1 location