Major Milestone Timeline

1927

Following an agreement on December 9, 1927, Hardware & Lumber Limited was incorporated on December 13, 1927. Lionel deCordova was the first Manager for H&L. 1960 - 697 Spanish Town location acquired.

 

1961

Grace Agricultural & Industrial Company Limited (GAICO), was registered in 1961. Up until 1968 the company traded as a department of Grace, Kennedy & Company Limited.

 

1961

Carib Hardware Carib Enterprise on the hardware scene at 71-73 Slipe Road. Now the H&L Rapid True Value Cross Roads location.

 

1965

First Hardware & Lumber location at 4 King Street closed on June 30, 1965.

 

1978

H&L and Hole in the Wall come together.

 

1984

GAICO was renamed AGRO GRACE.

 

1994

H&L first joined True Value International.

 

1994

The Rapid May Pen store opened at 23 Paisley Avenue.

 

1995

Portmore location opened in October 1995 at the Twin Citi Centre, Lot 2, Port Henderson Road.

 

1996

Hole in the Wall Manor Park renamed to H&L True Value.

 

2002

Colour Choice, St. Ann’s Bay, acquired by Rapid Sheffield and Carib enterprise.

 

2003

July 2003 Rapid Mandeville location moved to 16 Ward Avenue.

 

2003

November 2003, Rapid True Value Montego Bay location moved to Fairview Shopping Centre.

 

2003

AGRO GRACE merged operations with H&L Agri Marine Company and became a subsidiary of Hardware & Lumber Limited.

 

2004

Hardware & Lumber Ltd. inherited Jamaica's leading hardware/home improvement retail brands of Rapid Sheffield, H & L True Value, Carib Enterprise and Colour Choice.

 

2005

Caribbean Cement Company Limited Sales Award for 2005, Kingston & St. Andrew (42.5kg bags) 1st place to Hardware & Lumber. 

 

2005

On October 1, 2005, H&L True Value stores were re-branded, and the company formally introduced its new retail identity Rapid True Value to Jamaica.

 

2011

True Value International Top Retailer Award for outstanding performance in total handheld and total purchases.

 

2012

True Value International Top Retailer Award for outstanding performance in total paint and total purchases.

 

2015

True Value International 3 Million Club. In recognition of total purchases in 2015.

 

2015

Hardware & Lumber was acquired by Argyle Inc. and subsequently rebranded its divisions to H&L Rapid True Value and AGRO GRACE.

 

2016

September 2016 H&L Manor Park moves to Shop #4 Manor Park Plaza.

 

2016

November 2016, Grand Opening of the expanded Rapid True Value store in Mandeville at 16 Ward Avenue.

 

2016

True Value International 5 Million Club. In recognition of total purchases in 2016.

 

2016

Jamaica Observer Billing & Sales Award. 2nd place Direct Billing Customer to Hardware & Lumber. 

 

2016

AGRO GRACE renamed to H&L Agro.

 

2017

True Value International 5 Million Club. In recognition of total purchases in 2017.

 

2017

True Value, February 16, 2017. Recognition of Excellence: Best Hardware Store In Town, in recognition for retail principles execution.

 

2017

October 2017, H&L named Most Bustling Booth at the Health Home & Garden Expo held at the National Arena.

 

2017

Rapid True Value renamed to H&L Rapid True Value.

 

 

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