(50+ years in industry)
Passion for our business
Large stock holding
Exclusive range of quality products
The Early Days
The story of The Candle Merchant starts in 1965 when Mr Martins Snr purchases a candle factory (located on the site that is now Cavendish Square) from a German couple who are retiring. In 1969, Mr Martins Snr’s son, Tony, and his daughter-in-law, Moira, join the family business. In 1971 the factory moves to Woodstock, but was burned to the ground by a devastating fire in 1983. Instead of giving up, the Martins family uses where, after a devastating fire in 1983, the family uses this major setback as the springboard to its success.
A Growing Family Business
Getting back to work after the fire yielded great results for the family business as they grew to become the market leader in South Africa. This time also saw Tony and Moira Martins travel to Europe to build strong business relationships with suppliers and to attend international trade fairs. In 1995, the factory moves to bigger premises in Maitland, which in 2001, becomes the site of the very first store under the name The Candle Factory Shop. In 2003, the Martins family decide to depart from manufacturing candles and choose to focus their expertise on building a retail outlet offering readily available candles and candle holders sourced from their extensive network of contacts, both locally and internationally.
5 Decades, 4 Stores and now E-commerce
As a result of the success of the Maitland store, the Retreat/Tokai store opens in 2008, followed by the Brackenfell store in 2011. Tony and Moira’s youngest daughter, Ann-Marie, returns from overseas and joins the family business. 2015 sees the first store in Johannesburg (Meadowdale) open and now in 2020, the time has come for us to proudly reintroduce you to the “new” us and our new name, The Candle Merchant. We feel this new name reflects our strong family heritage and expertise of being in the candle industry since 1965. PLUS we have our new online store which offers the convenience of shopping from the comfort of your own home. It’s a NEW decade, NEW generation, NOT NEW owners and we are still the experts to come to for all your candle needs. Our retail stores are still here to give you the personal in-store customer experience. Our teams in all our stores are excited to welcome you to into your favourite store, to continue to give you the knowledge, expertise and quality you so deserve. We pride ourselves in going the extra mile for you!