For the last 7 months, discount suit maker Men’s Wearhouse has made headlines in the business press. The latest came today, when it announced a $1.6 billion hostile bid to takeover smaller rival JoS A. Bank. That offer is actually Men’s Wearhouse’s second, having been rebuffed in its first attempt in late November.
But wait, there’s more — in October, JoS A. Bank actually offered to buy Men’s Wearhouse not once, but twice. And, of course, all of this dealmaking back-and-forth began as a result of Men’s Wearhouse firing its iconic founder and commercial pitchman George Zimmer in June.
Of course, while the retailer’s situation has been in flux since the summer, there has been one constant theme running through its corporate gyrations: people making jokes on Twitter using its tagline, “You’re going to like the way you look. I guarantee it.”
Here’s a timeline of key events surrounding the retailer as told through Twitter jokes using its motto:
3. June 24, 2013: Men’s Wearhouse fires boss George Zimmer.
Cincinnati teen shopper among those waiting to see whether he’ll like the way Men’s Wearhouse looks w/out Zimmer: http://t.co/DWEcfvdiYx
4. Sept. 12, 2013: Men’s Wearhouse blames poor 2013 sales on brides not wanting to get married in a year ending in “13.”
Joseph S. Pete
You’re going to like the way this excuse looks, guaranteed. Men’s Wearhouse blames poor sales on triskaidekaphobia http://t.co/VMAMWPb9Yo
Jos A Bank to Menâ€™s Wearhouse: We like the way you look. But silence on the gaurantee. Still needs to be hammered out http://t.co/B62401CWzO
6. Jan. 6, 2014: Men’s Wearhouse raises its bid to acquire Jos. A. Bank.
Men’s Wearhouse turns hostile in pursuit of Jos. A. Bank. “You’re GOING to like the way you look.” http://t.co/GnNQOLyfcc
7. And on and on and on:
Investors liking the way Men’s Wearhouse looks - after hostile bid for Jos A. Bank http://t.co/uO34130hkb $MW $JOSB
Men’s Wearhouse turns hostile in pursuit of Jos. A. Bank. “You’re GOING to like the way you look.”
Philip E. Beshara
You’re going to like the way you look (for a billion, I would) | Menâ€™s Wearhouse Ups Bid for Jos. A. Bank to $1.6B http://t.co/j4Mdhp1WNc
Men’s Wearhouse Mounts Hostile Takeover Bid For Rival Jos. A. Bank. Are you still “gonna like the way you look?
â€œMen’s Wearhouse turns hostile in pursuit of Jos. A. Bank. “You’re GOING to like the way you look.” http://t.co/78XVe49Jovâ€ @AVas_5
You’re going to like the way you’re bought. Men’s Wearhouse is the suitor’s suitor. http://t.co/UPRB37MD07
â€œ@WSJbusiness: Men’s Wearhouse Offers to Buy JA Bank for $1.6 Billion” If so, you’re not gonna like the way you look - I guarantee it…
“When poison pill and pacman stunts end, shareholders will like how a Jos. A. Bank / Men’s Wearhouse combo looks. I guarantee it.” $JOSB $MW
@mattyglesias You’re going to like the way your balance sheets look — I guaranatee it.
@michael_gilman @BostonBiz for $1.6b! That is a lot of “you’re going to like the way you look” commercials.
Jos A Bank and Men’s Wearhouse should talk, not squabble over who wears the pants http://t.co/qqWqO1inix
Men’s Warehouse is trying to buy Jos. a Bank? They should just buy like two suits because I’m pretty sure they throw in the company with it
Buy one Jos. A. Bank for $1.6 billion and you can get a second one for just $199. Amazing limited time offer.
Justin R. Infurna
Men’s Wearhouse hot under collar; says may seek seats on Jos. A. Bank’s board after takeover bid is rejected http://t.co/IBNePVVXE0