Following an agreement on December 9, 1927, the Henriques brothers sold the complete stock of their Hardware Marine & Engineering business to Hardware & Lumber Limited. H&L was then incorporated on December 13, 1927 and opened its first location at 4 King Street in Kingston. The company sold lumber and hardware products including paints, oils, glassware, silverware, earthenware, pottery, leather goods, firearms, explosives, car parts and accessories, electrical fittings and appliances.
Decades later Hardware & Lumber has expanded into two business units, hardware and agriculture. Today, operating as H&L Agro and H&L Rapid True Value, the company is renowned as the premier hardware and agricultural retailer and wholesaler in Jamaica.
The vision of H&L and their first manager Lionel deCordova was clear, provide the best products and quality service to the customers who came to its King Street location. That vision remains entrenched today as Hardware & Lumber has grown from one store in Kingston to five H&L Agro branches and ten Rapid True Value locations across Jamaica.
A member of the Argyle Industries, the company is the foremost retail and wholesale supplier of hardware and home improvement products under its Rapid True Value brand. Through its H&L Agro business the company is a trusted partner in Jamaica's agriculture sector helping to expand the capacity and yield of both commercial and small farmers across the island.
A member of the True Value Company since 1994, one of the world's largest retail co-operatives, H&L Rapid True Value provides quality products and expertise from leading international manufacturers and suppliers. Its technical agro field teams and sales personnel provide hands-on expert training, guidance and support to home and small farmers as well as commercial farmers, earning an enviable reputation for the research and field testing conducted prior to introducing a product to market.
Since opening its doors in the 1920's, Hardware & Lumber has become synonymous with providing best in class variety and solutions for both its domestic and commercial customers.
H&L Rapid True Value are exclusive distributors of:
Azuelos Foset, Sul - Spanish porcelain tiles
EasyCare Interior Paints
Fleetwood Paint Brushes & Accessories
Painters Select Paints
Westinghouse - Lighting
Wilsonart - laminates and adhesives
H&L Agro are exclusive distributors of:
American Takii - seeds
DuWest - crop care nutrition & seeds
Seminis - seeds
H&L Rapid True Value's product offering includes lumber, paint, hardware, plumbing, tools, lawn and garden supplies, electrical supplies, lighting fixtures, windows, doors, sanitary ware, bathroom accessories, tiles, kitchen cabinets, kitchen accessories, house wares and appliances. H&L Rapid True Value stores are differentiated by contractor stores and home centres
Contractor stores target mainly, large contractors/developers and resellers
Home centres target Do-It-Yourselfers (DIY)
H&L Rapid True Value locations include:
H&L Rapid True Value Spanish Town Road
H&L Rapid True Value Lane Plaza
H&L Rapid True Value Sovereign Centre
H&L Rapid True Value Manor Park
H&L Rapid True Value Cross Roads
Portmore, St Catherine
May Pen, Clarendon
Montego Bay, St James
Ocho Rios, St Ann
H&L Agro is Jamaica's leading distributor and retailer of agricultural inputs. Major product lines for this division include pesticides, fertilizers, vegetable seeds, animal feeds, home garden items, farm equipment, plants, orchids, roses etc.
The main target market for this division includes:
Home Gardeners and Grow-It-Yourselfers (GIY)
H&L Agro locations include:
Southfield, St Elizabeth
Montego Bay, St James
Browns Town, St Ann
To create value for our consumers, partners, employees, investors and communities by delivering best in class solutions.
To be the leading provider of quality products and solutions in the home improvement, construction and agricultural sectors in the Caribbean.
Over 90 years in Jamaica
15 stores island wide
Over 400 staff
Over 50 brands
Over 30,000 SKUs