Hajoca Corporation is the nation’s largest privately-held wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating and industrial supplies and has nearly 400 locations across the US, representing the premier product lines in its industry. As a subsidiary of Hajoca, The Bath & Kitchen Showplace is one of the trade names used for our high-end luxury showrooms in the state of Texas. Our showrooms are an extension of Moore Supply Company, the distributor portion of our business that was founded in 1952. Through these relationships, The Bath & Kitchen Showplace is able to offer a large selection of inventory at competitive prices.
Since its inception, The Bath & Kitchen Showplace has grown to be a leader in the luxury plumbing showroom marketplace . With so many convenient locations, you can easily find the products you need for your bathroom and kitchen remodeling projects. Our many plumbing and fixture options, combined with our great resources, allow us to offer our customers a vast assortment of styles to fit any budget.
Click on each year to learn more about the rich history of our company.
Indoor plumbing was decades away from being the norm.
One enterprising individual, William S. Cooper, decided to invest his life savings of $200 to start a business grinding key stops for plumbers in Philadelphia.
Thomas J. Jones, a master bricklayer, joined Cooper as a junior partner in the firm Cooper and Jones. He assumed full control of a new phase of business – manufacturing sanitary fixtures and other plumbing materials.
Joel Cadbury joined the firm, forming Cooper, Jones, and Cadbury.
The company expanded its line of products to include bathtubs, water closets, and lavatories, which led to the opening of the first showroom on Ridge Avenue in Philadelphia.
William H. Haines joined the company.
William S. Cooper retired. The company name changed to Haines, Jones, and Cadbury.
The company began using the trade name HAJOCA. The name is derived from the last names of the three visionaries (HAines, JOnes, and CAdbury = HA-JO-CA) who saw a demand for indoor plumbing, a relatively new concept in the 19th century, and vowed to make it easily available.
By this time, Haines, Jones, and Cadbury had 14 locations from Philadelphia to Florida. They merged with three well-known companies to officially form Hajoca Corporation, becoming one of the largest Plumbing, Heating, and Industrial supply houses in the United States. The company moved its headquarters and showroom to 3025 Walnut Street in Philadelphia.
After 99 years in Philadelphia, Hajoca’s general and corporate offices moved to a smaller building in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
Hajoca continued to grow through acquisitions and, in this year, the purchase of our own company was finalized. This returned the company to being privately owned, and we began operating with the profit-sharing business model that we still use today.
Separately, a company called Moore Supply, which would eventually become a part of Hajoca Corporation, was operating as plumbing distributors in the state of Texas. Although many Moore Supply locations were geared toward the trade customer only, some locations included a showroom where vendors could put their products on display.
In previous years, Moore Supply showrooms had been primarily focused on the plumbing contractors, who at that time were still big decision makers in the products to be used and installed in their projects. However, with the shift to builders and consumers becoming more involved in project choices, Moore Supply began to branch out into the high-end luxury showrooms, initially under the name of Anne Moore Limited in Houston and Dallas.
Moore Supply Co. merged with LCR, another plumbing distributorship which included locations in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas, to create a new business, LCR-M Corporation.
The Texas side of LCR-M, operating under the trade name of Moore Supply Co., decided to re-brand their showrooms under the name The Bath & Kitchen Showplace in order to make it clear to consumers what we sold. This was another step toward being more consumer-friendly, not just to the trade customer, but also to builders and homeowners.
Hajoca purchased LCR-M Corporation’s 52 traditional profit centers giving Hajoca a combined total of 257 profit centers. This acquisition provided even greater opportunity to provide outstanding service to customers and suppliers, as well as career and financial opportunities to associates.
Hajoca continued to grow through more acquisitions, adding profit centers across the U.S. with the total number at nearly 400 locations.
Hajoca corporate offices move out of Ardmore after 60 years to a new location in Lafayette Hill, PA.