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Max Kohl

AKA Maxwell Kohl

Born: 12-May-1901
Birthplace: Poland
Died: 14-Dec-1981
Location of death: Milwaukee, WI
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Kohl's Department Stores

Max Kohl came to America from his native Poland, and worked in a factory until 1927, when he used his savings to open a small corner grocery store on Milwaukee's south side. He gradually added additional locations until 1946, when with great fanfare he opened Milwaukee's first modern-style supermarket, complete with such then-unheard-of innovations as an in-store bakery and deli. By the late 1950s, Kohl's was a leading force in midwest groceries, and in 1962 Kohl opened a department store in Brookfield, Wisconsin, also named Kohl's, which quickly became a successful chain. The department stores were sold to Brown & Williamson in 1972, and Kohl retired in 1979 after selling the grocery chain. The grocery chain was liquidated under the ownership of The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company in 2003, but the department store chain now has almost 1,000 stores in 47 states. Kohl's son Sidney earned additional millions as a Florida real estate developer, and his other son Herb Kohl owns the Milwaukee Bucks and served several terms in the US Senate.

Wife: Mary Kohl
Son: Sidney Kohl (real estate developer)
Son: Herb Kohl (US Senator)

    Kohl's Founder & President (1962-72)
    Kohl's Food Stores Founder & President (1927-79)
    Naturalized US Citizen
    Jewish Ancestry
    Polish Ancestry


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