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Purgason's Leather Products was started in the early 1960's by Alphonse "Al" Purgason. Al was a retired leather salesman for the John Smith Leather Company who liked to buy and sell scrap leather. Occasionally he was asked to make belts. Al quickly developed a solid reputation for quality work and became well known for his attention to detail.

Requests for belts soon turned into requests for holsters, halters and bridles, and eventually included boots, hats, helmets, chaps, jackets, saddles and more. Orders quickly exceeded expectations and Al opened up a small shop, including the best name brands in the industry. He hired family and friends to help him make products and run the business.

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The original Purgason's location in Summerfield

After another 15 years of "retirement," in 1977, Al decided to once again
retire - this time for real. By now, business was booming. In just a few short years Purgason's had developed a reputation throughout the Triad and other areas of North Carolina for being the place to go for leather belts, boots, western clothing and more.

As a natural addition, (and at the request of our customers) an assortment of equestrian products were added to our product line. Soon, people from all over North Carolina were doing business with us, and our customer base continued to grow. In just a few years, our business had grown so much and so many products were added to the product line that a larger store was necessary to meet the needs of our growing business.

We felt it was important to our customers for us to remain close to our original store. A tract of land was purchased nearby and construction of our new building began in 1991. We opened it a year later with a Grand Re-Opening that far exceeded expectations.

Since the early days of Al Purgason, people in North Carolina have learned to depend on Purgason's for the very best quality products and unmatched customer service. The brands we carry are the best and most respected in the industry. The selection we offer is unmatched and growing every day, and our expertise and experience in all things western, english and equestrian remains unsurpassed. Our management and staff understand and have a passion for this business - and it shows. It is what has made Purgason's Western Wear the choice of Triad customers for over 50 years.
Purgason's modern and spacious 5,000 square foot building.


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