60 Years

of Coffman’s Mens Wear

Originally founded by George Coffman, Coffman’s Mens Wear has built a strong reputation for carrying the finest in men’s fashions, while upholding its tradition of quality, style and exemplary customer service.

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1956

1956

Mr. Coffman purchases Batchelor Brothers

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1957

1 Year Anniversary Sale Ad

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1959

First Grady White boat built in Greenville

1960

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1960

Hardee’s restaurant opened in Greenville

1967

Origins of Polo Ralph Lauren begin with neckwear line

1967

ectcECTC becomes ECU

1968

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The doors swing open on a completely modernized Coffman’s in the old JC Penny Building. The space is a handsome contemporary appointment with added space, gentle lighting, sensible air conditioning and much, much more.

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1968

Coffman’s attends Pitti show in Florence, Italy and continues to do so for the next 44 years

1970

Canali brings its Italian made suits to the US

1970

Coffman’s used English Taxi Cab to make deliveries

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1970

Christmas ‘70 mail order catalog

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1977

ECU School of Medicine established

1979

Carolina East Mall location opening announcement

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1980

Fall 1980 Norman catalog

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1986

Congrats George Coffman on 30 years of service

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1988

Bill joins after receiving MBA from Elon

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1988

Hart Schaffner and Marx celebrates 100th anniversary. It is the only line still carried in store from 1956.

1990

John returns from Hart Schaffner and Marx to join the family business

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1990

Lynndale Shoppes location opens

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1992

Down 34-17 with 8:41 to go and its never-say-die fans chanting “We believe,” East Carolina mustered an incredible rally to overcome North Carolina State, 37-34, in the 24th Annual Peach Bowl. (Mike Grizzard, Daily Reflector)

1993

Downtown shop is closed, locations are consolidated to Red Banks store

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1996

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Todd Howell joins staff

1996

Coffman’s 40th Anniversary

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1998

The Little League World Series is played in Williamsport, PA. The Greenville Little League team loses to Toms River, New Jersey. Toms River, New Jersey, USA defeats Kashima, Ibaraki, Japan in the Championship Game.

1999

Hurricane Floyd – Flood of the Century

2000

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2000

First robotic heart valve surgery in the US performed at Brody School of Medicine at ECU by Dr. Randolph Chitwood

2001

ECU alumnus Chris Knott starts Peter Millar with an offering of 12 cashmere sweaters

2004

Nominated by the Industry Vendors in 2004 as “one of the most exciting specialty retailers in America”

2005

Robert Talbott Shop opens

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2006

50th anniversary

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2007

ECU Centennial

2008

In July 2008, Coffman’s Mens Wear was honored with the Uptown/Downtown Award by MR Magazine, the leading men’s fashion trade publication.

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2008

Coffman’s opens first Peter Millar Crown Shop in the World

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2011

ECU School of Dental Medicine opens

2016

Coffman’s celebrates 60 Years!

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