Despite Brexit-related uncertainty, one of Ireland’s leading builders’ merchant groups is continuing to invest in its store network with the opening of a new branch in Finglas, North Dublin.
Murdock Builder’s Merchants, which is headquartered in Newry, now operates a total of 14 branches across Ireland. Its new outlet in Finglas – the fourth located in the greater Dublin area – has created fifteen new jobs.
The expansion is part of a wider €4.5million investment programme by the Murdock group and includes plans for a fifth outlet in the Greater Dublin Area which will open in Bray in 2020. Murdock’s existing branch in Ballymount will also be extended in 2020, enabling it to increase its range of specialist building materials.
In addition to its 14 branches, the company operates two timber sites which manufacture machined timber and roof trusses. It also has a specialist civils division with branches in Kilbarrack, Dublin and in Belfast.
Established in 1982 Murdock’s business has grown significantly over the last 10 years – both organically and through acquisition. While welcoming DIY enthusiasts, its trade customers account for the majority of sales and include some of Ireland’s leading construction companies, as well as many small to mid-sized building firms.
Barry Thornton, Managing Director for Murdock (ROI) explains how its growth is aligned with market need and sectoral confidence:
“Growth in the construction sector, particularly in housing development, continues to accelerate which is a very positive sign for the economy. With a minimum of 30,000 new homes needed each year for the foreseeable future, we anticipate growing demand for the products and specialist services we provide. Our expansion has been planned to meet this need.
“At heart we are a family-owned business which understands the market and focuses on delivering exceptional service, expertise and quality. We’ve been here throughout the busts as well as the booms and as such, have earned the trust and loyalty of our customers.”
Group Chief Executive Ann Morgan added:
“Like all cross-border businesses we face uncertainty in relation to Brexit. However, we have worked hard to establish our reputation on an Ireland-wide basis and remain focused on offering a local service to our customers – irrespective of their size or scope.
“Our investment in the greater Dublin market is a pivotal part of our ongoing expansion plans and we look forward to supporting our customers as momentum builds across Ireland’s construction sector.”