Wayne Pomeroy was born in Mesa a few blocks from the downtown store.
At age 7, he showed signs of entrepreneurship, selling cantaloupes from his red wagon. When he was 9, he sold paper bags of figs he had picked from his grandfather’s tree to passengers on the train that passed through Mesa at the time.
The Pomeroy family was one of the founding families of Mesa, having moved there in 1878. The building that houses the store is the oldest two-story building in Mesa and was the first to have electricity.
After graduation from Mesa High School, Pomeroy entered the Army Air Forces in 1941 and served in World War II as a tail gunner on a B-24 bomber until he was wounded above Vienna in June 1944.
He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1949 and attended New York University, where he earned a master’s degree in business.
He returned to Mesa in 1950 and planned the business. He knew he wanted to open a men’s clothing store early on after working in men’s retail in middle school and high school. In 1951, Pomeroy's Men’s Store opened, and in 1976 he was able to purchase the building that had originally been built by the Pomeroy family.
Wayne has a great love for this city and has always believed in giving back. He has served on many boards and committees and served as mayor from 1976 to 1980.
The store is still owned by the Pomeroy family today. Michel Pomeroy Fluhr is Wayne Pomeroy's daughter and is the current owner of this historic business.