I love the wonder and enjoyment that most customers get from our stores. It’s the best part about being in this business. Customers become your friends and your store their favorite place to go. They want to work for you and some even dream about owning their own store one day. Tracey and I love our business and all of our customers. You guys make tough times like this worth seeing through, so thanks! On to the topic I intended to cover…
It’s been a month and a half since we closed our Slidell location. It’s been a pretty rough transition, especially since we had no intention of closing that store. Tracey has done an amazing job, consistently putting in 80 hour weeks since then to get us back on track. I honestly don’t know how she does it but she’s amazing (and quite possibly a robot). I won’t get into details about Slidell but the bottom line is that the store was holding its own 9 months in but we didn’t have the capital to move it once we were forced out of our existing location (so our landlord could make room for a chain store). But leases and legal stuff, you shout! We have a really great attorney (thanks Tony!) that negotiated the best deal we were going to get given the situation we were in.
Many of our customers have offered assistance or advice in regards to relocating the store and we appreciate where your hearts are. Moving the store sounds really easy. Just find a new spot and “Bam!”, you’re open again. Unfortunately nothing is that easy (or cheap). We’ve negotiated a good number of leases and renovated/moved/opened several stores already. We know what it’s going to cost and how long it’s going to take to get that investment back. Reopening in Slidell would put our other locations at risk and we can’t do that. All that doom and gloom aside, we’re recharged and really excited to get back to work making our Covington and Hammond locations the absolute best they can be.
A final thank you to all the customers and employees that helped us in the transition!
Thanks to our amazing customers for being there for us!