Our History 


With a tradition of serving the local community for more than 100 years, Simons Uniforms dates back to 1885 with the establishment of Haskell Shoe Shop. 

Owned by the Simons family for ninety of these years, Joseph Simons purchased the company in 1920, renaming it, “Simons Shoes and Men’s Clothing”. 

His three sons joined the business in the 40’s and 50’s after dedicating time to our country as members of the armed forces. Joseph’s oldest son, Shepard, served in the Air Force from 1942 to 1946 and began his career at Simons a year later. 

His middle son, Sheldon, entered the business in 1949 after serving in the Army in Korea, followed by his youngest, Alan, who joined the business in 1958 after representing the United States as a military police officer in Berlin.

In 1957, the brothers decided to enter the uniform business after many letter carriers, who purchased shoes at the shop, encouraged them to carry uniforms for them to purchase. 

It was the beginning of a one-stop purchasing facility, designed to ultimately meet the full apparel needs of not only the postal workers, but also expansion led to selling uniforms and accessories to law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical service (EMS) and industrial workers.

 


Strange side note: 

Simons Uniforms made nationwide news when Albert DeSalvo, also known as the Boston Strangler, walked into their store on February 26, 1967. 

Having escaped from Bridgewater State Hospital, he had been rumored to be in the Lynn, MA area. 

Because of the hysteria surrounding his escape, the streets were lined with thousands of people trying to catch him.

He walked into the store, and asked to call his lawyer.  Meanwhile, the Lynn Police Department had been called and ultimately arrested him.