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The carpentry Thos, located rue Duguesclin in Perros-Guirec, it is a family business whose notoriety has gone beyond the borders of Trégor for its seriousness and the quality of its work, combining passion and technicality.
The company was founded in 1947 by Joseph. After his studies, at the age of 20, Jean joined the family business in 1951.
“At the time, we didn’t have a van and it was by horse-drawn carriage that we went to fetch wood from a sawmill in Ploubezre. It took us all day. Before the funeral directors arrived in Perros, we made coffins and proceeded to the coffins. These were not easy times, ”recalls Jean, now 90 years old.
Michel will put his tools away
His son Michel took over in 1992.
I was already in the company and I had the chance to work with my grandfather and my father. Three generations of Thos at work it was depositing.
By taking the reins of the company he made some necessary changes. Namely, the installation of the telephone in the workshop. “Dad did not want to hear about the phone and it was Mum who crossed the street to warn that a customer wanted to reach him” remembers Michel.
He also introduced the use of plasterboard and plastic joinery.
Dad didn’t want us to hear about PVC windows. It is also thanks to the loyalty of our customers that I have worked for the descendants of those who appealed to my grandfather and my father. A beautiful mark of confidence.
Michel will put his tools away at the end of the year, not without a little pang in his heart. “Neither of my two sons wants to take over. I tried to convince them, but in vain. The two headed for sports. The eldest Jérôme runs the Terre de Running store in Lannion and Rémi the second is a sports coach in Perros-Guirec ”underlines Michel.
A sports coaching room
Nice consolation, however, for Jean and Michel Thos, the establishment will remain in the family. Rémi will transform the workshop into a gym.
Rather, it will be a sports coaching room, with a limited number of participants in each session, so that everyone can benefit from personalized advice.
At the start of 2022, the fitting out work with changing rooms and sanitary facilities will be completed.
Rémi will also acquire some additional equipment.
As for Michel, he kept a workbench, collector’s tools and two machines. He will continue to do as a dilettante a few things for the family while having fun.
When retirement rings, he will be able to devote himself fully to his leisure activities, fishing, running and outings with his wife Isabelle in their campervan, without forgetting their grandchildren.
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