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Saturday, July 26, 2014

WN Spotlight: Cooper’s Auto Parts

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(Editor’s Note: This is another in our occasional series, WN Spotlight, featuring people and places that make our town special.)

By Larissa Lieberson

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Cooper’s auto parts, 1763 Post Road East, has been in business since 1973. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larissa Lieberson for WestportNow.com

Anything that has to do with cars—from license plate covers to tire cleaner to oil stabilizer to batteries to plugs to repair manuals—Cooper’s Auto Parts has it covered.

Sandy Cooper opened this business at 1763 Post Road East in Westport in 1973. He had worked at his father’s auto parts shop in Bridgeport as a young man, but after competition with his brother over who would eventually take over the store, his father encouraged him to start a new shop on his own. And that’s exactly what he did.

Cooper, who prides himself as business savvy, said he chose the store’s location because there were many big stores in the area, assuring a constant traffic flow that would draw in customers. It did, bringing in a steady stream of backyard mechanics who did not mind getting grease under their fingernails.

But times have changed along with the complexity of motor vehicles. Few people change their own oil today, let alone put on a set of brake pads or do their own tune ups.

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