We were established in 1985 by our managing directors, Alan & Marjorie Lewis. Previously, Alan had worked in the canned food business as a salesman before joining a local shop fitting & display company in Belfast where he worked for 5 years.
The company started out by selling stock from a van throughout Northern Ireland. Stock was initially stored at their home and as the business grew it started to take over the house. For this reason the company moved to its first commercial premises and shortly afterwards invested in a 1600sq ft showroom premises on the Albertbridge Road in Belfast. During this time the business sold product and installed metal shop fitting systems. As Alan Lewis Displays continued to grow, the business started to run out of space again and forced the company to move to a 4100 sq ft premises in 1990. Almost immediately they had to rent additional storage to cope with the growing stockholding.
Julian Lewis joined the company in 1995 and started to develop multi channel sales such as the internet and direct mail. At first the internet was used purely as a marketing tool however in 2000, as e-commerce was growing in strength, Equipashop was launched and retail equipment could be purchased online.
In 2002 the company acquired a local joinery company which produced high quality shop fitting work including bespoke joinery such as counters and display units. Having this new capability meant that Alan Lewis Displays could now offer customers a complete retail solution from product supply through to fit out. Additionally the company could provide solutions to new market sectors including restaurants, offices & bespoke joinery projects.
In 2005 it was decided that new premises were needed as the company was operating out of 6 different locations and in April 2006 the company purchased a 20,000 sq ft premises at Prince Regent Road in Belfast. This included showroom, stores and workshop areas all under the one roof which helped to streamline the whole operation of everyday business. The Company now employs 20 people and has rebranded to ALD. It operates two divisions, product supply (Equipashop.com) and a fit out division (ALD Fitout).
Over the years we have built up a reputation amongst our existing customers and further afield for our quality, service and prices, something we are proud off and continue to maintain and improve on.
We will continue to uphold our strong reputation for quality, service and price by monitoring the market and working closely with our suppliers to find the products you want at the best prices. We will offer a service that not only provides you with the products you need, but also with the industry knowledge that will help your business move forward.
Our 25,000sq ft warehouse allows us to hold a large amount of stock. This means that you get the products you want delivered to you quickly. As a result most of the orders placed with us before 1pm will leave us on the same day! Some items (Slatwall Panels, Shelves etc) may require some specialist attention form our guys in the workshop (see below for more info), so these items can take a bit longer to get to you (normally dispatched within 5 days of your order), but it will be worth it in the end.
We have a team of 5 that work our warehouse to pick, pack and dispatch your order.