Our Story

Chadwicks Group is Ireland’s leading builders’ merchanting company, operating with 50 stores and over 1,400 colleagues across the country. Thanks to our unrivalled knowledge and expertise in the construction sector, we have been part of the fabric of everyday life in Ireland for over 200 years, providing building materials to homes, hotels, farms, transport networks and every other form of business throughout the country.

Our story starts in 1818 when Thomas Heiton set up business in Dublin as a coal importer and distributor meeting the needs of the growing city. In the early 1900s the business diversified, adding a sector specialising in iron products, and from the 1960s onwards, additional products such as timber and plumbing products were added.
Our Chadwicks business was founded in 1902 by William Thomas Chadwick at Talbot Place, Dublin, to supply builders’ merchants and the major building contractors with cement and plaster produced in Ireland and abroad. During this time all deliveries to Chadwicks’ customers throughout Dublin City and County were by horse drawn vehicles. In the early days the firm owned three horses and carts, but as business increased they added a fourth horse and cart and employed another driver!
In the ’50s the business expaned, moving to bigger premises in Walkinstown and adding new lines such as fire clay to its range of building products.
Further expansion took place in the ’60s and in 1967 the company opened its first branch outside Dublin, in Kilkenny.

Today, Chadwicks Group is Ireland’s leading Builders Merchants and Home Improvement Specialist, offering customers a huge range of timber, building materials and home improvement supplies including plumbing and heating products. We have over 50 branch locations across the country including: Chadwicks, Cork Builders Providers, Davies, Heiton Steel, Telfords and The Panelling Centre.


Every buidling starts with a foundation but every foundation starts with the right tools and materials. As Ireland’s largest builders merchant, we are proud to be the partner of choice for builders, homeowners and consumers.

We are a business with tradition spanning over two centuries. We have a national footprint but a local presence. We are present in more communities around Ireland than any other merchant.

The foundation for that success is our colleagues, who are trusted by the customers with whom they have been dealing with for years. They provide expert advice backed up both by best-in-class training and their own front-line experience.

We build long-lasting relationships based on our knowledge, expertise and superior service. Our customers trust us to help them to build extensions, homes and kitchens and to carry out repairs, maintenance and improvements.

We want them to have the best advice and the best product. We also want them to be able to fulfil their needs at the right price, in the right place and at the right time, every time.


We are a business with a long history and tradition. We are also building for the future. Our unrivalled network of physical locations is complemented by technology that makes it easier to seek advice, source product and get things done whenever and whatever our customers need us.

Building for the future means continuing our legacy of supplying the best advice and the best quality products. It also means taking a leading role in ensuring sustainable practices, technologies and materials are used throughout the construction sector both for new and existing buildings. In doing so we are making sure that our business, and the communities we serve, can continue to grow and prosper just as we have helped them to do in the past.


As Chadwicks Group has evolved and developed over the last 200 years to adapt to changing tastes and consumer trends, so too have our sources of inspiration as we look to improve our homes. The digital age presents endless opportunities for inspiration, and plays a huge role in helping set trends and influence tastes for our homes.

We have also seen the rise of social media and sites such as Instagram, Houzz and Pinterest as ‘go to’ sources of design inspiration.

As this trend continues and design ideas evolve with every generation, Chadwicks Group will continue to support you in your building projects every step of the way.

SpeakUp is our reporting service for colleagues and anyone (e.g. customers or suppliers) connected to Chadwicks Group (part of Grafton Group) to report concerns. This action, is also commonly known as 'whistleblowing'. If you ever see something in your interaction with Chadwicks Group that could be deemed unsafe, unethical or unscrupulous, please SpeakUp! We take concerns given in good faith very seriously and will not tolerate retaliation of any kind to anyone who reports such instances.

You can raise your concerns through the dedicated SpeakUp website here.

Please note that this service is not to be used for customer service enquiries or issues. Please contact your local Chadwicks Group branch for such enquiries.