So Much More Than Ironmongers

A1 Ironmongery & Plastics was established in 2008 by Allan Wyllie and Ivie Kerr who were work colleagues and friends.

Born and bred in Ayrshire, Allan and Ivie have worked in the ironmongery trade their entire working lives, first at Millers Ironmongers, Alloway Street, Ayr, and then at Maxwell Ironmongers, Green Street, Ayr.

In 2008, with almost 60 years of experience between them, Allan and Ivie initially set up A1 Ironmongery in Crown Street, Ayr, supplying a range of ironmongery and hardware products including locks, handles, silicones, fasteners, fixings, power tool accessories, power tools and a key cutting service. Eventually the company extended its property to house a range of building and plastic products.

Recognising the demand for good quality products and service in Ayrshire, they later opened a second store in East Shaw Street, Kilmarnock.

In 2017, having gained a solid reputation with both trade and retail customers, A1 Ironmongery & Plastics moved from its Crown Street premises to a bigger unit at Callander Park, Heathfield, Ayr.

The company is now the biggest stockist of plastics in the whole of Ayrshire and is the largest ironmongers and hardware store in Ayr.

Supplying local businesses, all three local authorities, the National Health Service, trade and retail customers, A1 Ironmongery & Plastics is your one-stop shop for all hardware and plastic products.

Ivie Kerr said: “The difference with A1 is our knowledge of the products. That’s our biggest asset and that’s why we have over 600 trade customer accounts. They can come here and ask us for anything and we can source it. There’s no need to search through a catalogue. It’s all about that personal service and customer connection.”

Ivie’s three sons, Jamie, Mark and Nathan, also work for the company which now employs 32 staff from the local area. A core part of A1 Ironmongery & Plastics is the staff who can provide customers with the correct product for their intended project.

With A1 being a local, independent company, Ivie and Allan recognise the importance of retaining knowledgeable staff and can boast a very low turnover of employees, working to train and retain an experienced team.

As we leave a long Scottish winter behind, A1 is ready to supply Ayrshire (and beyond) with everything necessary to make our homes and garden spring and summer ready. In addition to general ironmongery products, A1 supplies an array of plastics including soffits, fascias, guttering, cladding, wet wall panels, artificial grass, decking and railings.

Whether it’s repairing gates and fences, cleaning slabs, painting walls, or replacing vents, A1 has the items in stock to help with any of those projects. It can also supply hand tools, power tools, power tool accessories, garden tools, adhesives, fixings, ladders and safety products.

The company is proud to supply quality products including those from Stanley, Bosch, Gatemate, Abracs, Trend, Rollins, Faithfull and many more.

As Ivie pointed out: “We’re not just nuts, bolts and washers. We’re a general hardware and plastics store. People may ask ‘what is a traditional ironmonger?’ and my response is generally that we can offer a full range of door handles, locks, bolts, fixings, chain etc but more importantly we can identify old handles and locks for customers, repair old traditional locks, and if we can’t repair the lock we can source a replacement.

We also offer an in-house key cutting facility and can also supply a full range of architectural hardware to specifications or drawings.”

A1 is very much a community business. In addition to providing sponsorship to local sports clubs, it has recently donated at 72-inch TV to Ayrshire Cancer Support, a set of goal nets to a local football club, and eight tool kits to apprentices at East Ayrshire Council.

So if you’re looking to improve your home or your garden, why not visit A1 Ironmongery & Plastics?

Unit 5B, Callander Park, Heathfield, Ayr, KA8 9AF | 01292 265555
6E Shaw Street, Kilmarnock, KA1 4AJ | 01563 573500
Monday – Friday: 7.45am-5pm | Saturday: 7.45am – 1pm |
Sunday: Closed