In the early 1980’s, following Peter’s success in the timber importing business, the Company expanded opening its first builder’s merchants in Burscough. Still extremely successful and one of our busiest merchants, Burscough has become a local landmark with its huge yellow hangar. With our winning formula of great products and service, Firwood expanded at a rate of knots, opening further branches in Southport and West Houghton.
In the early 1990’s we continued our drive to bring successful branches to the North West. We acquired a very popular local business in Lowes Forbes along with their three branches, two in Blackpool and one in Preston. Through the 1990’s we continued opening branches in Swinton, Prestwich, Moreton and Crosby, and again in the early 2000’s saw the addition of Seaforth which was another successful family business we acquired.
In 2006 we took over the Upholland Branch from the renown Holland’s of Upholland which again fitted our successful small family business ethos. The newest member of the Firwood Builders Merchant family is our Formby branch. Having acquired the oldest established garage in Lancashire we really had a desire to pay tribute to the heritage of the site whilst bringing much needed local jobs and services to the area. Our Formby branch is now a unique drive through Builders Merchants, an order and collect service which is proving be to a triumphant success. This brand new ‘drive through’ concept in Builders Merchant’s was an idea conceived by our Managing Director Jane.
The timber importing business; which still forms a significant part of the civil sales business today together with 11 Builders Merchants across the North West of England makes up the Company’s main services. Our national civil/construction industry business now offers daily deliveries covering the whole of the UK, using our own reliable well maintained fleet, guaranteeing our customer promise of On Time! High Quality! Within Budget!