Fane Valley Stores announce new acquisition

Dessie Ferguson - General Manager, Fane Valley Stores & Enoch McCauley - EA McCauley Hardware and Dairy Supplies. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Dessie Ferguson - General Manager, Fane Valley Stores & Enoch McCauley - EA McCauley Hardware and Dairy Supplies. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
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Fane Valley has confirmed that it is to add to their network of Stores in Northern Ireland through the acquisition of EA McCauley Hardware & Dairy Supplies in Rathfriland effective from 2nd March 2015.

A family owned business; EA McCauley’s is a prominent retailer of farm and dairy hygiene products and associated parlor equipment, trading in the greater Rathfriland area for the last 18 years. The business was previously owned by Enoch McCauley’s father Sam and traded as SJ McCauley for over a decade. So between father and son the McCauley’s have been servicing the farming community for 30 years.

The Rathfriland based agri-store currently employees three full-time members of staff while Enoch provides a field sales service predominantly in County Down and County Armagh.

Dessie Ferguson, Fane Valley Stores General Manager, commented: “We are pleased to announce the acquisition of EA McCauley Hardware & Dairy Supplies in Rathfriland and we look forward to working with Enoch and his long established customers in the future.

“We have been fortunate to retain Enoch’s services and he will continue his sales role on behalf of Fane Valley Stores. McCauley’s have developed an excellent reputation and it is hugely significant for us to be able to avail of the wealth of knowledge and experience Enoch has accumulated over the years.”

Dessie continued: “This represents a further step forward for Fane Valley Stores and opens up new opportunities for the business while serving a much wider base. Our aim across our multiple locations at Fane Valley Stores is to enhance the customer experience primarily through the technical knowledge of our staff but also in the layout, display and vast product range.”

Enoch McCauley, EA McCauley Hardware & Dairy Supplies said: “Since my father established SJ McCauley’s back in 1985, and more recently after I took over in 1997, McCauley’s has grown into a highly trusted and respected agricultural supplier in the Rathfriland and wider Down/Armagh area.

“This was a big decision for my family and I. However, we are very happy that we have sold the business to Fane Valley Stores. I am excited to be a part of the Stores team and have watched them grow over the last number of years as they have developed into a fantastic agri-supplies business for the local farmer and rural community.

“I will be continuing in my role as sales representative for Fane Valley Stores and look forward to bringing an even wider range of products and services to customers.”