Within a year of purchasing Jackie Edgar Ford in Breaux Bridge in late 2010, Don Hargroder took over Douet Motors in St. Martinville, becoming that city’s Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealer. The December purchase of Douet brings to eight Courtesy Automotive Group’s count of dealerships with an expansive Acadiana footprint from Lafayette to Morgan City.
Courtesy’s 2011 expansion and acquisition of property on U.S. Highway 90 for future growth earned it a spot on ABiz’s list of the Big Deals of 2011. But look for even bigger news to come out of this automotive group, which generated $223 million in 2010 revenues, next year. While Courtesy remains tight-lipped about what it will build on the large tract of land it purchased, the company is building a new Cadillac dealership on Ambassador Caffery, renovating its Johnston Street headquarters and expanding its facility in Breaux Bridge. Courtesy’s holdings at year-end: Courtesy GMC Buick and Courtesy Cadillac in Lafayette, Courtesy GMC Buick in Abbeville, Courtesy Ford Lincoln in Breaux Bridge, Courtesy Cadillac GMC in New Iberia, Courtesy Chevrolet GMC Buick in Franklin, Courtesy Toyota Mazda in Morgan City and Courtesy Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in St. Martinville.
In its Dec. 28 - Jan. 24 issue, out on newsstands and direct-mailed to key business execs Wednesday, ABiz looks back on the diverse announcements, transactions, issues and happenings that helped define the local business community in the past year.
Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers opens on Johnston.
Acadiana's Top 50 Private Companies
It would be an understatement to say Schumacher Group had a challenging year in 2013.
Hampton Toyota has been serving Acadiana as the premier Toyota dealership for more than 10 years. And now, the glossy Johnston Street dealership is looking forward to a makeover.
Even when Floyd Degueyter is on “vacation” he’s hard at work.
As the second largest metal heat treating company in the country, Analytic Stress Relieving Inc. has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception in 1979.
When the Prohibition era came to an end in 1933, Joseph R. Streva saw an opportunity to make a little extra money to supplement his day job.
When a hurricane hits, Brent Mouton doesn’t run. The convenience store chain owner is proof that the challenges of mother nature can almost break a business, but Mouton learned to grow out of temporary closure from near devastation in 2002 and of lost potential revenue.
By launching a Super PAC to end all Super PACs, our Top 50 keynote speaker hopes to change the game in Washington.
Oil Center-based private facility extends its offerings with special events venue in failed women’s store.
One year later, is his expansion plan paying off?
Newspaper industry insiders question John Georges’ expansion plan.
How the U.S. has gotten itself into another fine mess
The Heymann Center was transformed into a culinary adventure in mid-June for the EatLafayette kick-off event, A Taste of Lafayette, and for the third consecutive year, a sellout crowd filled the Cajundome Convention Center June 19 to hear LEDA chief Gregg Gothreaux’s State of the Economy report.
A look at recent hirings, promotions and other announcements from Acadiana's business community.
Anne Pyle puts a bow on a stellar, expectations-defying career with her latest venture.
The company currently has 10 branches throughout Louisiana, including an Ambassador Caffery location which opened last year.
Lawmakers have added $15 million to the attorney general's budget to pay for Louisiana's ongoing legal case against BP for damages caused by the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
The state's jobless rate rose to 5 percent in June from 4.9 percent in May. Louisiana's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in June 2013.
Long-established private club opening special events venue in failed women’s store at Kaliste Saloom Road and Camellia Boulevard.
High-dollar legal teams are preparing to spar in federal court over the regional levee authority’s historic lawsuit against oil and gas companies, but a panel of volunteers could preempt those efforts when they meet in August.
May sales, the highest on record for the month at $534 million, increased 6.1 percent over May 2013.
Trendy Shi Shi is heading to the Ranch, longtime retail institution Partners’ Ltd. is relocating to Parc Lafayette, and ariel artist haven Vertical Barre is moving downtown.
There’s another debit/credit card scam making the rounds — the second this year — this time via a robo call purportedly from MidSouth Bank.
The 2014 Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday exempts the first $2,500 of the purchase price of each eligible item for non-business use when the customer buys and accepts delivery of eligible property or places property on layaway.