Like many cities and towns across Canada, Kitchener is the product of settlement during the Industrial Revolution in the late 1800s. Many examples of the industrial architecture of that era have long since vanished, but a few of the finest buildings still exist downtown. One such site is 112 Benton St., the new home of Arrow Lofts. The building was originally constructed in 1913 by the Williams, Green and Rome Company (WGRC), which was credited with creating the traditional “detached hard collared” men’s shirts. WGRC was later purchased by Cluett Peabody Canada Inc. in 1920 and the 80 year legacy of Arrow Shirt Factory was born. The Arrow brand became synonymous with modern men’s fashions, starting with the production of “attached soft collars” in the 1920s. The Arrow name continues to represent the iconic men’s dress shirt.

Arrow remains an authentic fashion and lifestyle brand with a broad assortment of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel sold in over 55 countries worldwide.

Today, after remaining vacant for many years the original Arrow Shirt Factory has been reborn and rejuvenated as Arrow Lofts: a modern, stylish condo community that draws on the architecture and fashion of the past while creating a new place to call home in downtown Kitchener.

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The Builders' Story

For two very successful generations, Auburn’s dynamic and diversified philosophy has made us one of the most successful real estate development companies in Southwestern Ontario.

Founded over 50 years ago, the family owned and operated company has extensive experience in the real estate industry. At Auburn we believe in building communities that will last for generations and provide a wide variety of housing choices to foster diversity in our neighbourhoods including: single family homes, condominiums, town homes, high rise and commercial development.

We understand and value our place in the urban fabric of a great community. Auburn works hard to design communities that will contribute to the vibrancy of a city’s downtown, as exemplified in two of our recently completed projects: The Harriston is a high-rise tower with stunning views of both the city lights and the Forks of the Thames in downtown London, while 515 Ste. Catherine demonstrates the successful conversion of a 1960s office tower into a high-rise private student residence in the heart of Montreal’s downtown. Both are evidence of our belief. Auburn commits to offering a stylish, functional, and affordable place to call home while fostering the evolution of downtown neighbourhoods.

We are also excited about two new projects. The Barrel Yards in an urban community on the doorstep of Uptown Waterloo, offering high-rise condos, apartments and live/work spaces, offices, retail stores and a luxury hotel. In line with all Auburn developments, it incorporates a sense of community in a modern, impeccably designed neighbourhood.

Maple Ave Towers – set in a prime location in downtown Barrie – is a modern and stylish 15 story condominium tower surrounded by the city’s many amenities and overlooking the beautiful Kempenfelt Bay.