Michael Cohen, co-owner of Cohens Electronics and Appliances in Montgomery, has been elected to the Alabama Retail Association’s board of directors. His two-year term began Jan. 1.
Together, he and his brother David employ 35. He succeeds his father, Raymond Cohen, on the Alabama Retail Association board.
Raymond Cohen founded The Record Shop in 1956 in the Normandale Arcade, selling records and stereos. In 1977, The Record Shop moved to its current location on Montgomery’s East Boulevard. In 1989, The Record Shop became Cohens Electronics and Appliances, known now simply as Cohens. The business sells high-definition televisions, home theater systems, home automation and major household appliances. Its employees include delivery personnel, installers and technicians for appliances. Cohens have been retail leaders in Montgomery for three generations. Eli Cohen, Raymond’s father, owned Cohen Amusement Co., which sold jukeboxes and vending machines.
Michael Cohen began working at The Record Shop in 1970. He left to pursue other interests in 1997 and has worked at the family business continuously since 2003. Raymond, David and Michael Cohen earned the 2008 Silver Alabama Retailer of the Year Award in the store’s sales category. Cohen’s has been an Alabama Retail Association member since 1983.
“Cohens became a member of the Alabama Retail Association to share ideas and learn more in reference to the political repercussions of different laws and how they are applicable to us as a local independent retailer,” said Michael. His goal as a director is to “learn from the other board members and apply this knowledge to our community and business.”
The Alabama Retail Association represents retailers, the largest private employer in the state of Alabama, before the Alabama Legislature and the U.S. Congress. Our 4,300 independent merchant and national company members touch almost every aspect of daily living. Whether voicing the retail view when public policy is made, educating members about issues that impact them, negotiating rates for benefits and services or communicating the retail story, the Alabama Retail Association and its members are better together.
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