With all the changes around 1990 the Buick family was looking for stability having had these 3 key people retire and when Graham’s daughter Kay returned from studying in Edinburgh they persuaded her, with the promise of computerisation, to take a short placement at the garage. Ten years later, she managed to secured time off for maternity leave, and is now Company Secretary and also works part time looking after many of the tasks once undertaken by her mother Isobel. During these years the garage also employed Alan Stewart, Glenshee Andy Pate, Glenisla and Ian Dorward from Alyth.
Not many businesses survive into the third generation, so the statistics say, but after a change of career in 2007, grandson to Graham and son of David, Scott embarked on his apprenticeship at the ripe old age of 26!
Scott has now qualified from Dundee College and looks forward to the new challenges ahead but probably none of the old fashioned tips, which came the way of his grandfather and Jim!
Even running a busy garage all Buick men, Graham, David and Scott, all have managed to be retained firemen serving the people of Alyth, with David having only recently retired after 25 years service and Scott signing up not long after that.
Not all of the faces at the Central are new and the team today is proud to have clocked up almost100 years between them: working alongside David 32years, Graeme Douglas, one of the original employees of Graham and Jim in 1973 has now served at the Central for 39 years, Kay 22years. Donna McNicoll, clerkess for 10 years, Scott 6 years .
When starting out all those years ago, Alyth was a bustling community with lots of trades doing business, serving every need of the people of Alyth and district. There are not so many now but there is still a buzz about the town and the sense of community is still, we believe, strong.
Sadly Graham Buick passed away in 2008 but along with Jim, Graham’s family would like to thank all of their customers from the past and present for their trade and support over these past 50 years. David looks forward to keeping the doors to" the Central" open for many years to come and with the third generation, his son Scott.
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