No official word has come down from General Motors on what it plans to do with its Saturn brand — although the car maker has toyed with the idea of eliminating it — but Don Hargroder has apparently decided Saturn won’t be sold in Lafayette. At least not by him.
Late last year Hargroder, who owns the fast-expanding Courtesy Automotive Group, purchased the Saturn dealership and the Ambassador Caffery Parkway real estate that houses it from Lafayette’s Mann family. But it now seems Hargroder’s decided not to sell Saturn in the Lafayette market. The inventory was moved off the Ambassador site to clear the way for relocating Mazda, which is now located at 5001 Johnston St., according to several sources in the local automotive industry. It’s unclear where the Saturn automobiles were moved to or if Hargroder has found buyers for the inventory.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.