Coucom’s lines up new direction for family business
WHAT started as pain management for Yeppoon's Alan Coucom, turned into a flourishing family business.
The owner of Coucom's Crab Pots and Fishing Gear, who recently made the move to his new shop just around the corner from his original one, said he always loved fishing.
"I started making crab pots as a form of pain management because it would take your mind off it while you concentrated."
Fast-forward about 10 years later and Alan's bait, rod and tackle store has become a well-known spot for local anglers to have a yarn, or check out some of the latest fishing gear.
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"I've got some very loyal customers and we stock our store based on their feedback and tailor to what the local fishing needs are."
And now he's able to do that in his new premises, which Alan said was fast-tracked as a result of Cyclone Marcia.
"We had plans to move here," Alan said.
"But we had to get out of the building as soon as they found asbestos.
"But this store has allowed us to expand our stock and we've also got a brand new ice freezer and ice-maker.
"We're the only ones in CQ who make solid ice blocks on site.
"And we've had so many nice comments about the new store," he said.
"People come up and shake our hand, so we've been very overwhelmed by the feedback."
The store will celebrate its open day on Saturday, May 16, open from 6am.
Located on the corner of Normanby and Mary St, Yeppoon.
Phone 4930 2301