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About Us

Owner's Bio

John Ingram is absolutely a drum major for economic development in the African American Community. Early in his life while growing up in Marshall, Texas, he had aspirations of becoming an entrepreneur. After his discharge from the U. S. Army he started working for a local formal wear company in Downtown Dallas, where he gained his initial experience in the business. Additionally during this time African Americans could not rent formal wear from the white stores, so the idea of owning his own formal wear store took roots.

In 1961 Mr. Ingrain opened his first store on Oakland Avenue in South Dallas and named it "MR. FORMAL". Initially the level oÁbusiness was very slow and seasonaL With the economic uncertainty of this venture, he held several other jobs in order to support his business. For many years he had a full time job with Braniff Airlines. Throughout many long years of struggles and disappointments he has always retained a positive attitude towards his dreams of economic development and success. He is living proof that with God's help and praying you can overcome the many obstacles that roll into our daily lives.

The love and devotion to his business is one of the principal reasons that he has weathered the many storms with the help of his wife Joan. This devotion and his strong commitment to customer satisfaction and his hands on attitude has helped it to grow and become respected as a successful minority business. Mr. Ingram has never forgotten his roots and he will always take time to instruct young entrepreneur in the basics of doing business. He has touched many young peoples lives. He gives back to the community by donations of formal wear rentals and contributions to many organizations, schools and many underprivileged young men and women.

"Mr. Formal" as he is affectionately called has received numerous awards over the years. Of particular note, he was one of the awardees in the "Quest For Success" and the N.A.M.D. Marketeer Of The Year award. He and his wife Joan have been members of The Concord Baptist Church since 1977.

John Ingram is the father of 7 children; 5 daughters, 2 sons and 3 grandsons. He's very proud that all his children are college graduates and successful in their own careers.

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