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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.

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Office Depot Progress on La. Ave.

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Lafayette’s third Office Depot location is moving forward at the new Louisiana Avenue / I-10 shopping center. The Target-anchored center is almost full, with JCPenney, PETCO and other smaller stores now open.

Office Depot filed for a $200,000 permit to build-out the new store (the walls and roof are already up, this will outfit the stores with shelves, counters, etc.). Office Depot already has stores on Pinhook Rd. and Johnston St. Lafayette’s lone Office Max closed about a year ago when that chain closed a slew of stores.



My Cirlce K has re-opened!!!
April 11, 2009, 7:57 pm
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After a few weeks of construction, the Cirlce K at the corner of St. Landry and University is back open for business. The very busy store has been remodeled and features all new fixtures, a modern look and a walk-in beer cooler. This store sells quite a bit of alcohol on weekends, and I’m sure the owners are glad to be open for Festival International. Store workers say they opened early – around noon on Good Friday. Most of the other Circle K stores around Lafayette have been recently renovated – and the rest are in line for work.



New CVS on Ambassador
April 11, 2009, 7:38 pm
Filed under: Acadiana Retail, New Commercial Development, New Construction | Tags: ,

A national drug chain is building at what will become one of Lafayette’s newest busy interesections.  CVS applied for, and was issued a permit to build in the 5400 block of Ambassador Caffery.  If you plug that address into mapquest you won’t even get a location.  That’s because the block doesn’t exist… yet.  The store looks like it will be at the intersection of Ambassador and Verot School Road.  Right now, Ambassador ends at the intersection, but work is underway to extend the road more than 6 miles to Hwy. 90 near Broussard. 

The $1.6 million store will be just a few blocks from another new-ish CVS in River Ranch.  In the past few years, the major drug chains have been snapping up high-profile corner lots.  They know that aging baby boomers will soon need even more drugs, and they’re preparing for the future.  However, a national retail source tells me the drug store building boom is almost over.  Most of the companies are trying to weather the current economic storm.

A Walgreen’s is already well under construction nearby at the corner of Johnston and Duhon Road, near the new library south of the Mall.



Tractor Supply Co. Expands in Acadiana

Tractor Supply Co.is set to open the chain’s second Acadiana location in Breaux Bridge.  There is a sign at the former Wal-Mart building on Rees St. near Mills Ave. that alerts to the construction.  The chain’s first Acadiana store is in Abbeville near the new Lowe’s on Hwy. 14. 

 If you’re not familiar with Tractor Supply, they operate stores that are smaller than a Lowe’s or Home Depot, and one of their marketing folks once told me they sell everything that someone who lived on their own land and had animals would need.  This includes a lot of horse gear and lawn care items.  The Tennessee company operates more than 800 stores in the US.

About a year ago, Wal-Mart moved down Rees Street to a site bordering I-10.  Another sign at the old Wal-Mart site from a local real estate company makes me think they’re also building a shopping center on the property.