Busi­ness cel­e­brates 70 years

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - CHURCH NEWS - Clare Damodaran

Well-known Blair­gowrie com­pany WM Coupar cel­e­brated its 70th an­niver­sary in busi­ness in 2017.

Founded in 1947 by Wil­liam “Will” Coupar, WM Coupar’s is one of east Perthshire’s long­est es­tab­lished busi­nesses, con­tin­u­ing un­der the stew­ard­ship of a third gen­er­a­tion of the Coupar fam­ily.

Will Coupar de­cided to start out on his own af­ter a num­ber of years work­ing as an elec­tri­cian with J MacKer­sie in Dundee and then 23 years with Gras­sicks in Blair­gowrie.

He opened his first store at 24 Wellmeadow, cur­rently oc­cu­pied by David­sons the chemist.

The com­pany ini­tially fo­cused on elec­tri­cal con­tract­ing and steady growth saw it even­tu­ally em­ploy over 15 trades­man and ap­pren­tices who wired al­most all the hous­ing schemes that were be­ing built at the time by the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray.

Dur­ing this pe­riod Will and his wife Emily also be­gan the re­tail side of their op­er­a­tion with wash­ing machines, re­frig­er­a­tors, ra­dios and record play­ers among their most pop­u­lar items.

In the early fifties, tele­vi­sion ar­rived in the area and al­though of­fer­ing only one chan­nel, it very quickly be­came a must-have item.

In 1953 the shop moved to big­ger premises at its cur­rent site on the other side of the Wellmeadow.

1953 also saw Will’s son Moir join the com­pany. Af­ter com­plet­ing his ap­pren­tice­ship in Dundee and then na­tional ser­vice, Moir joined the ranks of Coupar’s ra­dio engi­neers.

As the years passed, Moir’s stew­ard­ship saw Coupar’s re­tail op­er­a­tion ex­pand, to even­tu­ally in­clude premises in Dundee then Perth.

Dur­ing this pe­riod, Coupar’s be­came a found­ing mem­ber of an independent Scot­tish buy­ing group which has now grown in size and stature to be­come Euron­ics - one of Europe’s most pow­er­ful elec­tri­cal re­tail or­gan­i­sa­tions, al­low­ing smaller com­pa­nies like WM Coupar’s to of­fer very com­pet­i­tive re­tail prices to their cus­tomers.

Alan Coupar is the third gen­er­a­tion of Coupar to be in­volved in the busi­ness.

He said: “WM Coupar’s has been ad­vis­ing the peo­ple of Perthshire through many of the tech­no­log­i­cal ex­plo­sions dur­ing the past few decades - mi­crowave, video, DVD, satel­lite, plasma and dig­i­tal tele­vi­sion to name just a few.

“The fact that the third gen­er­a­tion of the fam­ily con­tin­ues to do so, de­spite the fiercest of com­pe­ti­tion, is proof that knowl­edge and good old-fash­ioned cus­tomer care is as pop­u­lar with cus­tomers now as it was back in 1947.”

Start­ing out Gras­sick’s garage in Blair­gowrie where Will Coupar worked for 23 years

An­niver­sary The cur­rent WM Coupar premises in the Wellmeadow

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