Cooper TV and Appliances has a rich history grounded in Northwest, Indiana. Company founder, Joel Cooper, moved to NW Indiana after serving in the Army during WWII. The GI bill granted him the opportunity to earn a degree in Electronics at Valparaiso Technical Institute. Cooper was first employed at Quality TV in Miller, Indiana. He later moved to the Cedar Lake in 1949-50. Joel met Fred Bobbitt through the Valparaiso Tech Office. Fred owned a business called The Musical Note on US 41 and was looking for technicians to service TVs and radios. Fred hired Joel as an outside contractor and offered him a room at his house.
In 1951, Joel went into business with Lavern “Andy” Anderson, a colleague from Valpo Tech, creating Anco TV and Radio. They used “AN” from Anderson and “CO” from Cooper to form the business name. The first location, in Lowell, IN, was on Clark St. just south of Pilcher Publishing. From there, the store moved to the corner of Mill and Commercial Ave. Around the time of the move, Andy sold his part of the business to Joel and took a job for Sears. Anco TV dropped “Radio” and added “Appliances” just after the move to current location, 319 W. Commercial Ave., in 1962.
Joel married Fred Bobbitt’s daughter, Patricia, on August 8th, 1953. They raised four children, two boys, Doug and John, and two girls, Carrie and Paula. Of the four children, Doug, Paula, and John worked in the family business. Joel and Patricia started selling several different brands of TV’s & radios in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Philco was one very popular brand along with Motorola. Quasar electronics became a top selling brand when Motorola sold to Matsushita of Japan. Matsushita changed the name. Anco started selling Zenith electronics when Sheets Furniture of Lowell closed in the 1970’s. In regards to appliances, Anco first sold Philco, then White-Westinghouse, Speed Queen, Magic Chef, Kitchen Aid, Tappan, and finally Amana and Crosley.
For years Joel encouraged the boys to take over the business and make it their own. In September of 2008, Joel passed away leaving a legacy of superior custom service and product quality. Patricia closed Anco TV & Appliances at the end of 2009 and Cooper TV & Appliances opened for business January 01, 2010. Today we are still selling Amana and Crosley appliances as well as LG products. Cooper TV & Appliances is dedicated to maintaining customer service excellence and enjoys playing an integral role in the local community.


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  1. Went deer hunting in Star City and went past Lowell turnoff and remembered your names and business. I also remember buying a tv from you and your family coming into my bait shop. Taking care of my mother near Hammond and maybe I will try to stop in and see you. Buck

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