The business was in his blood

Lorne Staples reflects on 70 years of serving the Kindersley community as Staples Apparel Company closes its doors for good

Joan Janzen
of The Clarion

Staples Apparel Company in Kindersley conducted its final day of sales on Feb. 10.

Owner Lorne Staples recalls the origins of this family business, which began 70 years ago at its present location at 209 Main Street.

“My dad, Don Staples, and my uncle, John Staples, started the business 70 years ago. My dad came back from the war and joined my Uncle John in starting the business after the Second World War.” Lorne said.

Don Staples considered starting Staples’ Men’s Wear in October of 1948, as one of the most important decisions of his life.

As a child, Lorne remembers events like Black Top Days, which was the start of what is now Goose Festival Days. “Main Street used to be dirt or gravel, and black top was the first pavement. Goose Festival evolved from that,” said Lorne.

“I worked there as a 16-year-old, but it wasn’t really my gig at that time. I wanted to be working outside. I liked it but I didn’t love it.” he admitted.

For more on this story, please see the Feb. 21 print edition of The Clarion.

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