Joe Cowern in front of the Batteries Plus store in Orange that he and his father, Joe, recently opened. — Thomas Nash photo


For those needing a battery, but can’t find the right one, there is a store that can help.

“We sell anything from a watch battery to car battery, and anything to everything in between,” said Joe Cowern of Batteries Plus in Orange. The store opened this past June by Ed Cowern and his son Joe. Besides selling hard-to-find batteries and bulbs, they are a hub to drop off items to be recycled.

“My dad started looking for an opportunity many years back,” said Joe Cowern. “He’s an electrical engineer. He always thought it would be interesting to start a battery business.”

Ed worked at another company for many years and retired in 1999. About two years later, he went into a Batteries Plus store in Florida and was intrigued by the store that offered a variety of batteries and service.

“At the same time … I was looking at low-cost franchises,” said Joe. “I had gotten an email for batteries plus franchise — I said ‘Dad would love this.’”

Then about two years ago, Ed asked his son if he would help him run the business.

“I didn’t want to turn around and say to myself ‘I wish’ or ‘I could have,’” said Joe.

He said the quality of batteries they sell can’t be beat. Sometimes he hears people finding cheaper batteries online for their cellphones or cordless phones, however, “you don’t know who you’re getting it from,” he said. “If there’s a problem, come in, and we’ll take care of it.”

“The majority of people who come in tell us our batteries are cheaper than others,” said Joe. “The quality of batteries we use are a top-grade battery.”

On the occasion a battery can’t be found to be replaced, Batteries Plus can take an old battery from a cordless tool, and replace it with new and fresh material “for a fraction of the cost,” said Joe.

Store hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Batteries Plus is located at 481 Boston Post Road, Orange. For more information call 203-298-9865 or visit