In 1958 Alan worked as an aircraft fitter in Luton, in his spare time he called on factories selling tools and equipment from a wheelbarrow. He progressed initially to a market stall before later that year opening his first shop supplying mainly Government surplus tools and equipment. In 1962 Alan moved to Darlington finding premises in Clifton Road. The company has now moved onto the 2nd Wadkins generation. Here at Alan Wadkins LTD ToolStore we are not just a warehouse, our fully equipped workshop supports warranty and service work for Makita, Metabo and Hitachi power tools, Stihl and Viking petrol and electric machinery, giving you extra peace of mind long after your purchase has been made.
We specialize in professional quality tools and equipment suitable for all tradesmen, industry and the keen DIY enthusiast, our range of premier brands include Makita, Metabo, Festool, Fein, Milwaukee, Hitachi, Stihl, Viking, Irwin, Wiha, Stabila, Britool, Facom, Draper, Dickies, Sealey, Marcrist, Spax to name just a few. ToolStore supplies hand tools, power tools, workshop equipment, personal protective wear, garden machinery and so much more. Our membership to two of the largest buying groups in the country gives us the power to buy at the most competitive prices to ensure we give you the very best value for money. It also enables us to source many hard to find products others find difficulty in obtaining.
In 2009 we moved the Darlington site to its present location in Chesnut Street, which is now 3 times bigger being one of the largest walk around hands-on tool stores in the North of England, with onsite customer parking for your convenience. We are not just a warehouse either; a warm welcome awaits all visitors from our team of enthusiastic knowledgeable staff, most having served with the company for many, many years.