Cooper & Barr

Raising Our Glasses To Celebrate 90th Birthday

We are raising our glasses to celebrate 90 years in the optometry business. 

First opening our doors in 1925 on Grange Road in Middlesbrough town centre, Cooper & Barr now have three practices across the region in Stokesley, Sedgefield and Coulby Newham serving over 25, 000 patients with exciting expansion plans in the pipeline.

As a family-run business spanning over three generations, William and Evelyn Cooper opened their first practice 90 years ago. The practice then moved to Borough Road where its iconic marble frontage with a neon sign was quite the sight in the 1930s.

The business then became Cooper & Flower in the 1970s before changing to Cooper & Barr in 2012.

“We are very proud to be celebrating 90 years in the business and I am delighted that my family have been involved for all ninety of those years” said Nicola Cooper-Heenan, co-owner of Cooper & Barr.

To sit alongside our milestone birthday, we have undergone a rebrand of their business encapsulating the company’s new strapline ‘Daring Vision since 1925.’

Showcasing the new brand direction, without dismissing any of the heritage, we are proud to give a little extra care to customers - from the in-depth approach of the clinical staff to the carefully curated range of exclusive designer frames. 

Going from strength to strength, the business has successfully developed a large and loyal customer base due to our extensive eye examinations and as stockists of major brands including Tiffany & Co., Prada and Michael Kors. 

Nicola added: “It is a great achievement for the business and without the continued support from our local communities we would not be able to celebrate such a significant milestone. We are already looking forward to the next 90 years – wherever they may take us – with excitement and enthusiasm.” 

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