#1 Cochran Celebrates 50th Anniversary Back Home in North Braddock
In 1965, Bob Cochran opened Cochran Pontiac in a small, 3-car showroom in North Braddock. On August 20th, #1 Cochran took a trip back to those days with a sentimental 50th anniversary celebration in the very same building.
The celebration centered on #1 Cochran’s $50,000 donation toward the revitalization of the Braddock area and was attended by North Braddock and Braddock officials, local broadcast and print reporters and #1 Cochran VIPs.
On hand to accept the donation were Mayor Thomas Whyel of North Braddock, Mayor John Fetterman of Braddock, and Robert Messner, President and Founder of Braddock’s Battlefield History Center, which now occupies the former Cochran Pontiac building.
North Braddock’s portion of the donation will be allocated to the North Braddock Housing Fund and the history center, while Braddock will use its portion toward the purchase of a new police car.
“The Braddock area has always been a special place to us as the neighborhood #1 Cochran originally called home,” Rob Cochran, #1 Cochran President and CEO said. “We couldn’t think of a more worthwhile way to celebrate our 50th anniversary than to give back to the community where we started.”
Both North Braddock and Braddock fell on hard times in the years since #1 Cochran moved, but social and economic improvements have begun to slowly take shape and small businesses are returning to the area.
Two of those businesses helped cater the 50th anniversary celebration: chef Kevin Sousa, whose Superior Motors restaurant is soon opening, provided organic, locally sourced hors d’oeuvres, while the Braddock-based Brew Gentlemen Beer Company served up their latest craft brews.
Guests also enjoyed a dose of nostalgia when they arrived as the exterior of the History Center was decorated to match Cochran Pontiac in 1965. There were even two “salesmen” who offered to show guests actual 1965 Pontiac GTOs and LeMans‘.
All in all, it was the perfect way for #1 Cochran to reflect on the past while helping the communities we first served look toward a brighter future.