On The Greaux – The building boom continues in Lafayette

We’ve Moved!
May 7, 2009, 8:55 pm
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Bassett Furniture moves to former movie theater
May 7, 2009, 3:03 pm
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I’ve gotten multiple tips about Bassett Furniture moving into the old Carmike movie theater across from the Mall of Acadiana (I still have hard time calling it that). I am waiting on mall management and Bassett officials to get back with me to confirm – but tipsters say this is a done deal. Bassett currently shares the old Target building on Johnston with Hobby Lobby.

I can’t imagine a furniture store using that entire space – but the Bassett store in Baton Rouge looks big so I’ll see what I can find out.

No word on what will take Bassett’s place. That shopping center already has vacancies with the former Circuit City and Office Max sites open.

Cajun Car Shuffle Continues – Suzuki to Sterling
May 6, 2009, 2:04 pm
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Driving on North University this afternoon, I noticed Sterling has taken over the local Suzuki franchise.  A new Suzuki banner is hangs next to the Kia sign at the dealership’s lot on University at Willow.  Dealership employees tell me Sterling took control of Suzuki about two months ago from Acadiana Dodge.  Suzuki is taking space vacated by Sterling’s Hyundai dealership – which moved to Johnston Street. 

This is just the latest shuffle on the local car scene, as many franchises have changed hands in the last year.  Also complicating matters – the car companies themselves are in an unprecedented slump.  In case you’re confused about where to find your next car… here’s a rundown of who has moved where. 

NOTE – almost every car dealership moved this week.  They’re all trying to get you to buy new wheels at the car show at Cajun Field.

Suzuki – now Sterling on N. University (formerly at Acadiana Dodge on the Evangeline Thruway)

Sterling Hyundai – now on Johnston Street (at former Mazda lot, Hyundai used to be on N. University)

Courtesy Mazda – now on Ambassador Caffery (at former Saturn lot, Mazda used to be on Johnston, before that at Lafayette Motors on Jefferson Blvd.)

Acadiana Jeep / Chrysler – now on Evangeline Thruway (formerly at now-defunct Lafayette Motors on Jefferson Blvd.)

Saturn – Closed.  I did notice Saturn of Baton Rouge looks like it has a huge number of cars.  Maybe some came from Lafayette?

Giles Nissan – now on Duhon Rd. near Johnston (formerly further south on Johnston)

Giles Subaru – new, at same Nissan / Volvo location

Volkswagen – new dealership under construction across from Giles.  Will be operated by owners of Southpoint VW in Baton Rouge.

New Address
May 5, 2009, 5:08 pm
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Don’s on the run
May 5, 2009, 2:47 pm
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Have you ever flown back from a long trip and craved a good cup of crawfish bisque the second your plane touched down only to realize you flew into New Orleans? Fret no longer – Don’s is opening a new location along I-10 in Gonzales next to Cabela’s. I noticed the new spot recently – and Baton Rouge Business Report published this photo of this Cajun outpost this week. The publication says this is Don’s sixth location. I believe the Gonzales restaurant is Don’s Seafood Hut – a sister of the popular Johnston Street Hut.

The local chain’s Shreveport restaurant closed a few months ago. People in North Louisiana don’t like good seafood ??? Surprise!

New Gas Station at University / I-10
May 5, 2009, 11:59 am
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A new Cracker Barrel / Shell gas station is under construction at the University / I-10 interchange.  The new store replaces an abandoned Texaco that used to sit at the site right in front of the Red Roof Inn.  The new $750,000 station was permitted in March.  The Baton Rouge-based company already runs 17 Cracker Barrels and three Church’s Chicken restaurants in the Lafayette area. 

Too often I hear about people from out of town who think Lafayette doesn’t have much to offer based on some of the older development along I-10.  I think this is a great re-use of an abandoned commercial site at one of Lafayette’s front doors.

Welcome Independent Readers
May 1, 2009, 12:41 pm
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Hello to everyone heading here from the mention in The Independent.  If you see construction and would like to spread the word, email me at onthegreaux@gmail.com.  Also – let me know what you think of the blog, and what you’d like to see me write about.

Have a great weekend –

Louis David