Died: January 31, 1907
Place of Birth: Clogher, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Timothy Eaton emigrated from Ireland to Canada in 1854 as an apprentice shopkeeper.
He and his two brothers set up a bakery business in St.Mary's but it soon folded so they then decided to open a dry goods store.
Tim Eaton thought the town was too small to expand a business so in 1869 he moved to Toronto.
In Toronto, he set up a dry goods store with set prices on each product and a money-back guarantee if the customer wasn't satisfied.
Eaton also actively improved the working conditions for his employees.
Knowing that it was difficult for some customers to get to his store, in 1884 Tim Eaton introduced a catalog for his goods
At the time of his death in 1907, Eaton's employed over nine thousand and had two business offices.
Eaton's faced increased competition in the 1990's and loss of profits resulted.
It remained a private family business until 1998 when it went public.
In 1999 the business was sold to its major competitor, Sears Canada.
Timothy Eaton had set up a business which set high standards and was a major part of Canada's history.
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