In 1948, Reg Wilkinson had a dream to have the finest menswear store in the north. He borrowed $10,000 from a trusting brother-in-law from British Columbia and the dream became a reality.
Since Reg was the youngest of 11 siblings, he had always worn many hand-me-downs, so he promised himself that someday he would open his own menswear store and never wear tattered garments again.
On August 7th, 1948 his promise to himself became a reality when he bought Benjamin’s Work Wear at 87 Durham St. South (now Photo World). After having a clear-out sale on work wear that fall, he started to sell quality menswear.
His son, Bob Wilkinson, joined him in 1962 after attending the University of Waterloo. The second generation has now helped grow the business to a larger 1600 square foot space at it’s present location across the street from it’s original location.
In 1970, Reg’s doubled its footprint again to expand into the old ‘Anita Fashion Shoes’ and a forward image was created with Mediterranean tile and custom beam work.
For many years, Reg Wilkinson Men’s Fine Clothes has kept Sudbury’s fashionable men coming downtown to be served by caring previous staff such as Aurel Lahaye, John Larose, Ivan Celinscak, and Shawn Kennelly, just to name a few. The hard work of these talented individuals, helped brave the tough years downtown as the urban malls sprouted.
In 1989, an unexpected flood damaged the present store location and an elaborate renovation took place to convert the image of the interior and exterior into the modern theme we see today.
Reg’s grandson, Todd Wilkinson, joined the team in 1994 to bring another ‘generation of retailing’ and vision to continue the proud family tradition.
In order to compete in such a competitive market, Reg’s increased its footprint to 4400 square feet in 2002. This extra space allowed Reg’s to offer the best selection in all categories of menswear, head-to toe.
In the fall of 2010, Reg Wilkinson’s opened a free standing men’s shoe store called Reg’s Footwear. This 1000 square foot space addition has significantly increased our selection of men’s shoe fashion with 24 brands.
In 2013, Reg’s expanded its market even more, and added women’s wear and women’s shoes to the ever growing brand.
The Reg Wilkinson Team is proud of their longstanding heritage, and we thank our present customers for their loyal support. We hope to serve the many new faces of the City of Greater Sudbury for years to come.