The Company was formed by Harry and Eileen Coar and was based on Preston's Cattle Market in premises previously occupied by Gibsons of Garstang.
We Employed our first Van Salesman Brian Davies, to cover the local area and a month later our first Delivery Driver Shaun Reid. Both employee's are still with our company.
Embraced new technology when we invested in our first computer system, meaning that we no longer had to write our invoices by hand.
Were made the Alfa Laval Agri main agents for Lancashire taking the dealership over from Dairy Services who were based in Walton Summit and subsequently employed our first Dairy Engineer Chris Moorby who had worked for Dairy Services.
Employed our second Van Salesman John Broadbent, to further expand our area to cover the whole of Lancashire, John stayed with the company until he retired in 2002.
Adam Coar, Harry and Eileen's son joined the family company after spending two years working on a local farm.
Became the Deosan Dairy Hygiene main agents for the area and are now the Premier Distributor for the North of England.
Installed the areas first Alfa Laval Rotary Milking Parlour at Sand Villa Farm in Cockerham.
Expanded further into South Lancashire and North Manchester when Roy Stafford & John Alderson joined our sales team from Tom Grays (Bolton) Ltd with their service engineer Neil Shutt.
It was a remarkable year for Coar Farm Supplies Ltd when we were named National Dealer of the Year by Alfa Laval Agri, in recognition of our achievements with regard to the sales and service of Alfa Laval milking parlours and equipment.
There were big changes when we moved from our premises of 20 years to a larger site on Green Lane West in Garstang due to outgrowing our shop and warehouse and also the re-development of the Cattle Market for housing.
On March 1st 2007 we celebrated 25 years as the areas premier Country Store and on March 1st we shortened our name to Coars and adopted a new logo to promote a fresh outlook for the future. We also moved from our premises on Green Lane West to a new larger, improved store just next door. The move was needed to cope with the expansion of the business into a modern customer friendly Country Store able to contend with the needs of the farmer, upon whom we have built our business, and the demands of the general public.
Sold our first Delaval VMS, (Robotic) Voluntary Milking System to Rose Farm, Hambleton. Since then numerous other farms have invested in this exciting new technology.
Expanded further into the county of Yorkshire by taking on a branch at Northallerton that was previously run by Delaval. We called this new branch Coars (NE) Ltd. and took on its existing three employees Allan Laverick a salesman and two experienced engineers, Jon Trenholme and Brian Eves.
Coars (NE) Ltd. moved from its original premises to a new larger store at Leeming Bar, Northallerton and also doubled its number of staff by employing three new employees including Jonathan Brown, an experienced salesman and Dave Donaldson as a delivery driver.
Looking Back - The Year Coar Farm Supplies Was Founded. World Cup Winners were Italy. European Cup Winners Aston Villa. First Division Champions Liverpool. FA Cup Winners Tottenham. World Snooker Champion Alex Higgins. World Darts Champion Jocky Wilson. Wimbledon Men's Champion Jimmy Connors. Wimbledon Women's Champion Martina Navratilova. BBC Sports Personality of The Year Daley Thompson. Top Grossing Film E.T. The Falklands Conflict began in this year. Oh..........and Adam Coar was only 10 years old.
Celebrated 30 years of service to the farming community by having an open day at our main premises in Garstang. We currently have stores at Garstang, Lancashire, Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire and a Market Shop at Skipton Cattle Market, North Yorkshire and employ 30 staff, consisting of Van Salesmen, Dairy Engineers, Delivery Drivers, Shop Assistants and Office Workers. Customer satisfaction has always been a main priority for the Company and this is how we have hopefully built such a solid reputation within a competitive market place.
We updated our website to help promote the extensive range of products and superb service that we offer.
We joined the social networking site Facebook to keep our customers up to date with all our latest news and offers. Coars (NE) Ltd. moved to new and improved larger premises on Leeming Bar Industrial Estate. The move became necessary due to the rapid growth of the Company. We expanded the high quality Coars Dairy Hygiene range, which is designed to meet the requirements of the modern Dairy Farmer.
Two employees, Brian Davies and Shaun Reid both celebrated 30 years working for Coars. Seven employees have been with the Company since they were originally situated on Preston Cattle Market.