The McLaughlin Brother with Mark Patterson outside the shop front

We Seek New Buyer to Continue Legacy of Community Service of McLaughlin’s Hardware

McLaughlin’s Hardware shop has served the local community for over a century. We are now on the lookout for a new buyer to carry forward our rich legacy of community service and commitment. After an impressive 110 years under the ownership of the same family, the store is officially up for sale.

Recent news of the business being placed on the market has generated significant interest and sentiment among locals who have fond memories of shopping at the store. Most recently the Mark Patterson Show on BBC Radio Foyle recorded its afternoon show live from the shop and featured many friends, customers and local businesses who regaled stories of how the shop has been woven into the fabric of their lives over many generations.

The current owners, brothers Laim, Dessie and Seamus McLaughlin, expressed their gratitude to the community for the support they have received throughout the years. “The business has been a success throughout many challenging times with the loyalty and support of our customers and local businesses. It is with mixed emotions that we take the decision to sell, but we are confident that a new owner with a passion for community service will nurture the relationships we’ve built and continue to allow the business to thrive for many generations to come.”

The building itself is situated at 40-44 William Street, a very busy street in Derry’s city centre with approx 8,535 sq ft of retail and storage space spread over three floors.

As McLaughlin’s Hardware embarks on this new chapter, the search is on for an individual or group that shares the family’s values and vision. The opportunity to preserve and build upon the legacy of the business is now open to those who recognise the importance of community connections and wish to contribute to the vibrant history of the city.

For inquiries regarding the sale of McLaughlin’s Hardware and to learn more about this remarkable opportunity, please contact listing agent at OKT.

Visit OKT Property Agents website

Michael Burke
Tel: 07872 055552

The McLaughlin Brother with Mark Patterson outside the shop front

The McLaughlin Brother with Mark Patterson (far right) outside the shop


Rachel Morrell
Tel: +44 (0)28 7034 4244

Foyle Film Festival

McLaughlins 100 by Dave Duggan is the film of a site-specific theatre event, created for McLaughlin’s Hardware Shop, William Street, Derry, to celebrate 100 years of the family business.

The film combines the aesthetics of film drama, community video, documentary and live performance to deliver an engaging, imaginative treatment of a century of indigenous commercial resilience. Actors and audiences promenade the narrow aisles of the beautiful hardware shop, filling them with stories and songs that animate the passing of the century, by showing scenes from the future of the business, started in 1913.

A further screening of McLaughlins 100 at The Gasyard Centre on the night of the ‘Opening’ of Bluebell Arts exhibition: Monday 25th Nov @ 6pm and will be followed by a question and answer session with writer and director Dave Duggan.

Email: Telephone: 028 7126 2812


McLaughlins 100 Theatre Piece by Dave Duggan.

There will be slight disruptions to the shop’s opening times as a result of the performances on Thursday afternoon, the 25th July.The Management would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

McLaughlins 100 by Dave Duggan Ticket Update!

McLaughlins 100 by Dave Duggan:

The theatre piece to celebrate our 100th anniversary is going well. Set for Thursday 25th July, there are performances at 3, 5, 7 and 9pm. Admission is by ticket only, costing £5, with some tickets available for the 7 and 9pm shows. Call into the shop to get a ticket, if you fancy it.

They say you can get anything in McLaughlins – now you can even get theatre!

As part of our 100th anniversary celebrations, Declan McLaughlin has composed a new song, for the upcoming theatre show. Have a listen to him perform it on The Mark Patterson Show at 1:52:22

Web Launch

McLaughlin’s Hardware is now one of the most famous family run businesses in the northwest employing nine people.  As part of our 100 year celebrations we have decided to take our hardware store on line to facilitate the local community and beyond.  In our store we stock a wide range of goods ranging from general hardware, gardening equipment, housewares, kitchenware, locks & keys, the list is endless.

Please keep in touch with our website, or better still, visit our store as we have a continual supply of new products arriving from January through to December.


Store Celebrating 100 Year Anniversary With A Unique Event

Our store will be mark its 100th anniversary on the 25th July with a unique drama event held within the shop itself.

McLaughlins and Sons Hardware first opened in Derry in 1913 and the William Street store is now one of the most famous family run businesses in the northwest.

And to celebrate our milestone, we, the business’s owners have teamed with up local playwright Dave Duggan for ‘McLaughlin’s 100’, a ‘site specific theatre piece’ taking place on Thursday 25th July, with the store as its setting. Produced by Bluebell Arts Project and Blue Eagle Productions,  the work will present a series of incidents and stories from the past 100 years of our family business through the all-seeing magic eye of ‘Red Maisie’ who presents the future to James McLaughlin on his first day in his new business.

Admission to each 30 minute standing performance is strictly by ticket only, limited to 20 persons per performance costing £5 and available in store. Performance times are 3pm, 5pm, 7pm and 9pm.

Follow this link for Dave Duggan’s interview on the show Pure Culture