|Popie Billeaud of J.B. Mouton Inc., Moss Motors owner Sharon Moss and architect Kirby Pecot review plans Wednesday for the new Moss Automotive Superstore on Evangeline Thruway.|
Pecot & Company Architects is designing the new location, a 4,320-square-foot sales building and 2,000-square-foot service facility, all being constructed by J.B. Mouton Inc. The center is slated to open next spring.
Moss Motors owner Sharon Moss says the lot will hold about 400 units. "We'd like to have eight or 10 exotics, like Maseratis and Lamborghinis, all the way down to $2,000 vehicles," she says.
“This is our 6th project with Moss Motors since 1997," says Robert "Popie" Billeaud, president and owner of J.B. Mouton. "The longevity of relationships like this allows local companies like ours to grow with the community.”
The building that now services Moss' existing used car lot on Surrey, across from the airport near the supercenter construction site, will likely become Moss' Internet sales center. It will employ additional staff to handle phone call and email inquiries for autos listed online. About eight months ago, Moss hired Cappy Cavalier to head Internet sales, and she says Cavalier has been aggressively expanding the division.
Founded in 1979, Moss Motors is Lafayette’s Mercedes, BMW and Honda dealer. Last year the company ranked No. 18 on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana with $108 million in 2010 revenues. The company’s annual sales increased almost 14 percent in 2011, rising to $123 million. Moss expects 2012 to be even stronger. "We had the best month in the history of the dealership last month," she says.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
Oilfield service company’s year-over-year revenues climbed 3.7 percent.
Move is part of company-wide consolidation of residential call centers.
Contentious deposition renders LOGA chief too ill to testify. Here's why.
Proposal for the upcoming legislative session would set Louisiana’s minimum wage at $10 per hour, beginning in 2015, up from the federal rate of $7.25 per hour.
Patrick Kane II recalls his mother awakening him 50 years ago to say his dad’s plane was missing.
His health affected by a contentious deposition last week, the LOGA chief says he can't testify (court will reconvene March 10).
Chair of the energy committee, Mary Landrieu (discussing the urgency of Keystone with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird) should get the respect she deserves in Louisiana.
A fundraiser co-chaired by former U.S. attorneys from both sides of the political aisle could signal the end of Mike Harson’s long grip on the D.A.’s office.
Former W. Home Furnishings owner Rene Ward faces seven years in prison.
Stuller’s Danny Clark focuses on satisfied customers and effective employees as he settles in as the company’s president/COO.
Sterling Ford-Lincoln of Opelousas ribbon cutting and the State of the Parish address
Increases in higher-end home sales say a lot about the health of the overall market.
Who joined whom or got promoted?
World-class athlete riding high in custom bike biz.
Setting the record straight on that February story in HuffPo
Liability waivers — what you need to know before you sign
A one-man operation, Brett Gauthier is bringing the oil and gas industry into the age of digital animation.
Planning a meeting with results
Local Ad Fed’s Copywriter of the Year and recently named creative director at Russo tapped for Boston Marathon project.
Forecasts for more frigid weather drive prices to highest level in four years.
CiCi's Pizza on Johnston Street will be torn down to make way for popular bakery-café Panera Bread's first Lafayette store.
A computer services company announced Tuesday that it plans to open a new technology center in Bossier City, creating 800 new jobs and bolstering efforts to position northwest Louisiana as a center for cybersecurity work.
The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,332 from the previous week's average of 2,566.
Auto dealership welcomes the community to celebrate