Who We Are


James Knox and Sons Ltd is an independent family run business spanning back three generations. Based in Kilkeel, Co Down at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, 'Knox of Kilkeel' has been serving the people of Mourne and further afield since 1954. The business supplies a wide range of items from Building Materials and DIY Products to Furniture, Giftware and Nursery items across 3 seperate sites. 


Our History

Knox of Kilkeel was founded on the 22nd January 1954 by brothers, the late Sam Knox and Jim Knox. Both brothers served their apprenticeships with Mr Jim McCulla. Sam was responsible for the buying of building products and Jim overseen the Household and furniture department. Having worked in McCulla's for over 15 years, the brothers decided it was time to go into business together. With a little help from the brothers' Aunt Lizzie, Sam and Jim were able to purchase a site 50ft wide and 100ft deep. The late Alfie Graham built the original shop, which was 50 ft wide and 30ft deep with a flat concrete roof and a 30 ft built a store. However, when the buildings were finished the brothers had no money left. Determined to succeed, the brothers bought a 2nd hand van on Hire Purchase and negotiated with Belfast suppliers to provide them with stock on a 3 month credit term.


Knox of Kilkeel Shop Advert

 Sam and Jim officially opened the store on 22nd January 1954. Within 3-4 months of opening, the business was steadily growing. In May 1954, the brothers expanded the business by buying the old Mourne Cinema. They renovated it to store building materials and transformed the original store into an upmarket hardware shop. Over the years, Sam and Jim made further extensions, hired more staff and expanded their stock to include furniture and household good

Both Sam and Jim's sons worked in the shop from a very early age. Colin (Jim's son) took over the business on the 31st November 1991. Under his management the shop has continued to grow. A new extension was added which boasted a new paint department and larger hardware section. A bedroom department was added and recently in 2015, Colin and his son Alan, opened an Outdoor Living Shop.

Together, Colin and Alan look for further opportunities to develop the shop. Alan's passion for business and marketing has brought a modern approach to the business through online sales,  a new website, a Facebook and Instagram account. They look forward to the next phase of 'Knox of Kilkeel.'

50th Anniversary Staff Photograph 2004

50th Anniversary Staff Photo


60th Anniversary Staff Photograph 2014

60th Anniversary Staff Photo



Family Photo 60th Anniversary



Charity is an important part of Knoxs. Throughout the years we have held special events to raise funds for charities (local and international) which are close to our hearts. In 2009 we opened our Christmas Window to provide families to get their photos taken with Santa. The event was so successful that we continued it for 6 years raising funds for HeartBeat NI, Children's Hospice and Happy Faces. In 2015, we began raising funds for Histio UK, a charity which is particularly special to all the family and staff at Knoxs. We proudly have raised £13,000 and look forward to raising more!

Histio Chairty Night 2016

Histio Charity Night 2016

Santa Charity Day 2013

 Christmas Charity Window 2013


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  • Crown Paints
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  • Stellar Cookware
  • Stanley Tools
  • Silent Night
  • Buoyant Upholstery