Marvin's moves toward opening day
From Staff Reports
Marvin's Building Materials and Home Centers will soon be part of the Lewisburg and Marshall County community.
Marvin's is named after the late Marvin Cohn. Marvin started as an entrepreneur in the family business, Atlas Iron and Metal. When his father passed away unexpectedly during the Great Depression leaving a 33-year-old widow and two young sons, Marvin was thrown in an adult world earlier than most at the age of 13. Thrust into an early patriarchal role, Marvin was always comfortable nurturing family values in his business. After they sold the metal business, Marvin later opened the first Marvin's Hardware and Building Supply Company in Gadsden, Ala. during 1945. Marvin incorporated his core beliefs into his new venture. He cared for his extended family of associates and his community.
Marvin was a key leader and early member of the United Givers Fund of Gadsden, now the United Way. Marvin felt he should always pay his "Civic Rent" by donating not only his hard-earned money but also his time. This tradition blossomed when his son Alfred grew the company into a regional chain, and continues now with the third generation ownership, Mike and Dan Cohn.
Marvin's strives to staff each store with associates from the local community that embody those values. Chief Administrative Officer Paul Comeau stated, "We are excited about opening the store. The associates that will run and operate this store are all from the Lewisburg and surrounding communities. This is a wonderful community and we look forward to paying our 'Civic Rent' immediately."
Marvin's started stocking the shelves in late April and will continue to do so through May. Opening is expected in early June. "We are proud to deliver hometown service with multi-store quality, selection, solutions and pricing in order to keep those sales and tax dollars in the community. Our studies show those tax dollars can stay where it is needed in the community to further support public services of the residents. Traveling outside the area to find affordable solutions at convenient hours will hopefully be a thing of the past after we open," stated CEO, Darrin Gilliam.