May-Cohens, Jacksonville, Florida

On the Park
Jacksonville, Florida



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Roosevelt Mall

Regency Square

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Orange Park Mall

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  1. My parents and I used to shop the Downtown & Regency Square locations of May Cohen's when I was a child. It was sad to see the downtown location of it, Sears Roebuck & Furchgott's of Florida (i heard it pronounced Furtch-got's) close as the malls started opening up or expanding in the various suburbs during the 1970s. The downdown Jacksonville location still exists. Recently it was completely renovated and now houses the City offices. At least it is useful again. It's a beautiful building.

  2. May Cohen began in the 1800's as the Cohen Brothers store, and was commonly known as Cohen's. That store, on Bay Street I believe, burned in the Great Fire of Jacksonville in 1902, and was replaced by the St. James Building store on Hemming Park. The building was so named because it replaced the St. James Hotel which stood on that site before the fire. In the 1950's Cohen Brothers was bought by the May company, and it became May Cohen's. The downtown store was a full-service department store with a candy shop, a bakery, a restaurant, a toy department, furniture, etc. The suburban branches added after it became May Cohen's sold mostly clothing, and did not have the other departments. The candy shop's signature Annaclair chocolates were to die for, and my grandmother never left the store without a loaf of the bakery's raisin cinnamon bread.

  3. Yes! I moved here in 1979 and I remember the Orange Park Mall May Cohen's actually had a candy store there too until probably the mid 1980's. The Annclair chocolates were indeed yummy. It was certainly a special touch!

  4. great article on may-cohens

  5. I recall in first grade (1961) buying my workbooks for school at May Cohen's. Then I understand the state had to provide them.

  6. As a child, we shopped at the Lakewood Store, then moved and shopped at the Buena Park store. In the basement they had a candy shop, we would buy peppermint and Rum patties, does anyone know the recipe for them.?

  7. You most likely mean May Company in Los Angeles, not May-Cohens of Jacksonville, Florida.

    1. The May company bought Cohen Brother's in Jacksonville, FL. it then became known as May-Cohen.

  8. While in high school, I worked at the Roosevelt location during the late 80s when the store was May Cohen's, then May Florida, and finally Maison Blanche (1985-1988). As noted above, more photos and history can be found at:

  9. I have a baby outfit still in the box never worn from this store. Anyone guess or know what it would be worth??

  10. I grew-up in Jacksonville in the 1950s. I remember my Mom and me going to Cohen's where she shopped. We took the bus from our little home in Lakewood. Great memories!

  11. Besides my mother working in Cohens for over 25 years, working in Men's Furnishings and the Paint Department among others. Her pay was based on a commission basis after her "quota" was made. She complained all the time that the company would increase her "quota" each time she surpassed it. (We should have a Union", she would say.
    Cohen's would close down just before Thanksgiving every year. While shut down they would decorate for Christmas. They would cover the display windows along the side walk at that time and, every year, there would be a "Grand Opening" for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving with crowds along the sidewalk there to witness. They always had a beautiful store at that time with a great Santa Claus. I could hardly wait to sit on his lap. I loved the store. (This was in the 1940a and 50s.)


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