About Robert Price
Robert Price Builders' Merchants has come a long way since 1847 to get to where it is today. A commitment to the professional builder and local tradesman has always been a priority, but now the DIY enthusiast and self-builder also represent an important part of our customer base. Robert Price is now the largest independent builders' merchants in South Wales, reaching as far east as Chepstow and as far west as Swansea.
The headquarters remain at Abergavenny with a total of 20 branches ranging from Swansea in the west to Chepstow in the east, including 15 builders' merchants branches. We also operate a Timber merchant, three Roofing merchants and a specialist Insulation branch. See our Branches page for the full list of branches.
Robert Price was established in Abergavenny in 1847, originally as a stone masons and later specialising in monumental works. The main office was situated at Lion Works, Lion Street, Abergavenny where Robert Price lived with his family in the adjoining cottage, with his horses and drays kept at Park Road. An examination of many of the gravestones in churchyards in Monmouthshire will reveal the lettering "R.Price, Abergavenny" carved into their plinths and surrounds.
The Ebbw Vale branch was opened in about 1870. Additional small monumental works at Brynmawr, Crickhowell and Blaenavon were opened by the turn of the century. Monumental work continued until about 1939 with customers often paying in advance for their tombstones, which would then be inscribed except for the date of death.
Robert Price, grandson of the founder, canvassed local builders to establish support for his idea of opening a builders’ merchant. The response to the early marketing exercise was encouraging. With an oral "promise" not to compete as a builder, he started to stock and supply materials to tradesmen in Abergavenny and Ebbw Vale. Originally stock was limited to basic heavyside building materials and hay for horses. Now over 20,000 products are stocked.
Original deliveries were made by a handcart and 'interbranch' was courtesy of the rear platform of the double-decker bus service between Abergavenny and Ebbw Vale. A far cry from today's dedicated modern transport fleet and fork lifts.
The Beaver was later adopted as the company's corporate identity and has become synonymous with top quality products at nationally competitive prices.
The head office remains at Abergavenny with 20 branches spread across South Wales. As a result of our expansion, major manufacturers recognise Robert Price's considerable purchasing power.
As a major employer and supplier in the South Wales area, Robert Price believe that we should give something back to our local community. We are proud to assist a large number of local charities, community groups and sports teams.
The current directors of Robert Price are fifth generation descendants of the founder. We are still a family run business with working directors actively involved in all aspects of the company. Robert Price currently employs around 250 staff. The company policy is to train and develop its workforce. The opportunities within Robert Price are many and varied - check the current vacancies on our Jobs page.
Our customers now have the ability to view an extensive and detailed online product catalogue. This will revolutionise the way we do business, allowing customers to build their product lists online and send them to us for a competitive quote, alongside using traditional methods of business, by phoning or coming into branch in person. Customers will then have the option to have their order delivered to site or can chose collection from a branch of their choice.