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.
The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,575 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs.
It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a South Louisiana flood board that is suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies.
Newly established honor recognizes outstanding local attorneys; Neuner and McGoffin win President's Award; and Blanchard named Outstanding Young Lawyer.
Daily paper constructing new digs near production plant on Rieger Road at Siegen Lane, near I-10.
Investigation finds Arnaud’s Furniture, Carroll Building Specialties and Crazy Charlie’s Shoes running misleading going-out-of-business sales.
Critics say workers and retirees are being held responsible for the Jindal administration's mismanagement of their program.
Potenza Marketing makes fastest-growing companies list.
Local 101 class Friday
“Byzantine” is the word members of the nominating committee for the local flood protection authority often use to describe the complicated, multi-layered matrix of qualifications that must be met to fill a vacancy on that board.
In the Pelican State, Benjamin Franklin buys you about $109 worth of stuff.
Brittan Bush joins Liskow & Lewis, Blake David installed as the Third District Member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s board of governors, and Simien & Miniex announces 2014 scholarship winners.
“In some cases, we’ve found that these parts are nothing more than used junk yard parts. In others, we’ve found them to be foreign knock-off parts of questionable quality.”
The old Daily Advertiser building on Jefferson Street is being rehabbed as the owner prepares to move it back into commerce.
Its fourth leader gone after two years on the job, the facility struggles to balance the tension between its two missions.
Hub City Cycles hits the ground running through small-business center opportunity.
The future of the coastal loss lawsuit could rest in hands of board’s nominating committee.
Leaders from the local tech community ponder the question: What's missing from Acadiana's tech ecosystem?
AT&T’s U-verse heads our way. Here’s what it means for you.
LITE’s virtual environments are changing the way local employees learn how to do their jobs.
Local tech gurus will go the distance to call Lafayette home.
A look at recent hires, promotions and other news from Acadiana's business community.
New Johnston Street eatery catapults to No. 1 spot in nearly 200-location chain.
By identifying companies that match the output of its post-secondary educational institutions, Lafayette is creating opportunities that keep highly trained graduates in the area.
Gideon’s Promise lauds G. Paul Marx’s work to improve the quality of indigent defense and helps train five new public defenders.
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