About Us


On March 1st 1935, Maurice Markovitz bought the present Commercial Road premises from Tideswell and Miller's Dale Coal and General Merchants Company Ltd for £1,200, meaning that he was then able to branch out into supplying building materials.

Maurice never married. His nephew Brian joined him at Commercial Road in 1953, further developing the business.


In 1995 Brian, joined by his two sons David and Robert, relocated to larger premises on Richard Lane Tideswell, and the Commercial Road premises were converted into 'The Courtyard'; a luxury kitchen, bedroom and bathroom showroom.

From humble beginnings, Markovitz now employs around 400 people and prides itself in remaining a family-run business, which we are sure Maurice would be proud of.​


The Markovitz family of companies has grown both locally and nationwide, and now encompasses eight builders’ and plumbers’ merchants, three civils depots, eleven insulation and drylining distribution centres, two luxury kitchen and bathroom studios, a specialist stove & cooker showroom, as well as a 2 A-rosette awarded restaurant with rooms, The Merchant’s Yard in Tideswell, located in the very building where it all began.