Thibodeaux Feed Store builds at new location
It has taken 10 years, but Thibodeaux Feeds Incorporated will finally be in its new location at the corner of Villien Avenue and North John Hardy Drive in Abbeville.
When it opens in the next couple of months, the family-owned business will have a new name: Thibodeaux’s Town & Country.
Under roof is 20,000+ square feet. The showroom (with a barn facade inside) will be 7,200 square feet, the warehouse is 8,000-plus square feet,and a side warehouse is 3,000 square feet. The remaining square footage is a welcoming cypress and pine porch and dock area.
Operating the business are father Emile, sons Nathan and Eddie, and daughter Renee Thibodeaux Chaisson.
“We are more than a feed store,” said Renee. “We offer solutions to your town and country needs. There are a lot of city working people who want to live a country lifestyle.”
“Our goal is to teach customers how to be successful in that lifestyle whether they live in town or the suburbs.” Nathan said “In the future, the store plans to offer short weekend seminars for families to learn gardening skills, pet care, pond maintenance, and many other subjects.”
As a family the Thibodeauxs like to practice what they preach. “If we sell it, we probably tried it on our cattle heard, pets, orchard, etc.”said Eddie
The store’s history is a long story of growth, fire, and health issues. Thibodeaux’s originated in Erath, and grew in 1981 to an Abbeville location on south Miles St. After a ravaging fire in 1998, Thibodeaux’s set up camp in the old Pal’s Service Property on State St. with intentions of only being there temporarily. Emile and his family researched other similar stores to theirs and designed a state of the art building over a five-year time frame. Their plans were put on hold when Emile endured a triple bypass.
Ten years after the Thibodeaux’s fire, five years of good health, and many years of family determination have culminated into the now standing “mystery building” of Thibodeaux’s Town & Country on the corner of Hwy. 338 and Villien.
“We could not have grown without the loyalty of our customers, and we certainly hope to be the same old face, just in a new place at our new location.” said Emile.