Who we are
Home, garden and DIY, Atkins DIY is so much more than a DIY store. Call in to see us for all your hardware needs, whether you’re painting, gardening, plumbing or just browsing for some inspiration.
What we do
We have kitchenware, cookware, small electrical goods, hand tools, power tools, rainwear, boots, and a great selection of Lee Cooper work wear. Even if it’s a toy, lead or cosy bed for your pet you are looking for, we have a lovely selection.
In our Paint department we have a wide range of Dulux, Ronseal, Leyland, Johnstons, and Cuprinol products, and we can match any shade with our Crown Tinting Machine.
In our Gardening department, we have lawnmowers, strimmers, hedge cutters, fertiliser, sprays, chemicals, and flower and vegetable seeds. We also stock a great range of garden furniture, benches and barbecues.
We also offer useful services like rental of the Rug Doctor carpet cleaning machines. Our friendly, helpful staff can advise you on how to complete all those little jobs you have been putting off!
Atkins DIY began with the establishment of John Atkins & Company Ltd. in 1876. John Atkins from Dunmanway and Joe Wolfe from Ballydehob formed the company. It expanded to incorporate McKenzies in 1898 and in the following years we opened in Carrigrohane Road, Fermoy, Midleton, Bandon, Clonakilty, and for a short time in Dundrum Co. Tipperary. Clonakilty is the only branch with hardware and building supplies; the others branches are focused on farming supplies.
Atkins (Clonakilty) Limited, now known as Atkins DIY, was established in July 1996. Three of the shareholders of John Atkins & Company Ltd. bought the business in Clonakilty, Ivan Wolfe, Binnie Atkins and John Atkins.
In November 2011, Sandra Stanley and Stuart McDonald purchased the Company by way of a management buy-out.
Throughout our long history, we have always been proud of our wonderful customer service. The following is an extract from the Southern Star, dated 11th September 1915, which testifies to this.
“Messrs John Atkins and Co. Ltd. has recently erected a very fine premises in Boyle Street, covering several thousand square feet of surface. The new premises is for the purpose of storing seed, manures, and agricultural implements, which Messrs Atkins now do perhaps a bigger trade than any concern in this country. A special feature of their business, which we note with pleasure is a growing one, is the section devoted to furniture, which is now entirely manufactured on their own premises. Messrs Atkins sell almost everything, from a needle to an anchor, and it is significant of the esteem in which the firm is held that the only fault we ever heard alleged against it is that the public patronage is so great that their large and excellent staff are often unable to cope with the heavy rush of business.”
The local community
We show our appreciation to the Clonakilty community by supporting local charity and town development initiatives. We are a member of the Clonakilty Chamber Of Commerce and actively participate in Chamber driven projects. Each Christmas we sell RNLI Christmas Cards and all proceeds go to our local Lifeboat in Courtmacsherry - keep an eye on our Facebook page for future events.
The Topline Group
In 1994 we were very fortunate to have been accepted into the Topline buying group, the largest hardware buying group in Ireland. Our membership of the group has been crucial to our survival and it is through Topline’s support with marketing and their bulk purchasing power that we are in a position to offer our customers competitive prices along with our friendly, helpful service.