Johnnie Warren isn’t a stranger to many in Alexander City, and neither is his business, Warren’s Appliance Parts.
Just walking in the door of his Hillabee Street business a customer is almost guaranteed to get a laugh from the healthy Warren even if they don’t make a purchase.
“I walk around the block three times every morning before work,” Warren said. “I then slide it back under the bed.”
Warren acknowledges having family in Arizona but wouldn’t say where he is originally from.
“I came to Alex City from parts unknown,” Warren jokingly said.
Warren got his start repairing appliances in 1969 at K&W Furniture.
“Palmer Williams of K&W sent me to school to learn how to repair appliances,” Warren said. “I owe it all to him.”
From there Warren went to Wright’s where his wife Adelia also worked. She has worked alongside Johnnie at Warren’s Appliance parts for 27 years.
“It was a big jump, a leap of faith,” Adelia said. “We haven’t killed each other yet. We have come close though. It has been good.”
Johnnie joked about his wife asking for a raise.
“I put a piece of plywood under her chair,” Johnnie said. “She got a raise.”
Warren’s Appliance Parts is a Kirby vacuum repair center, a HeatSurge repair center and has parts for almost every appliance.
“We got about everything you will need,” Johnnie said. “If we don’t got it, we can get it. If we can’t get it, you don’t want it.”
Johnnie said the buisness keeps lots of things in stock from bake and broil units to belts, filters and vacuum bags. Very little of Warren’s Appliance Parts inventory hangs around long.
“We move things pretty fast,” Johnnie said. “We do have a few things that have homesteaded.”
Johnnie and Adelia said their customers come from Tallassee, Wetumpka, Sylacauga, Clanton, Clay County, Montgomery and farther.
“We ship parts around the world,” Johnnie said. “We sell parts to laundromats, apartment complexes and more.”
Johnnie said the parts he sells are the real deal.
“We don’t sell the generic ones,” Johnnie said. “They just don’t work as well. We sell the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts.”
Johnnie said he and his wife have worked hard to bring quality parts at a low cost to Warren’s Appliance Parts.
“Most of the time we buy from the factory when we can,” Johnnie said. “We try to give the customer the best deal we can.”
Johnnie is always looking for new friends and customers.
“When you come in you’re going to be entertained in addition to doing business,” he said. “We have thousands of customers but we could use more.”