Small business survival in Cenla

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Have you ever looked at a shuttered business in Cenla and wondered what caused the closing?

Photo: the inside of Julia's Mexican Restaurant before service on May 11, 2018. The family owned-business closed for good on May 13.

This summer, several restaurants and merchandisers in the area have closed and made their announcements to the public via social media.

May 13 was the last day of service for family-owned Mexican restaurant Julia's on Worley Drive. Owner Chiqui Ostrowski said the 40-year old business began slowing down months ago. After downsizing staff, they had to close due to lack of customers.

All About Parties in Alexandria shut their doors in June after serving the area since 2002. On their Facebook page, they started their store had become "the afterthought of Cenla".

Bon Swirl Frozen Yogurt on Jackson Street permanently closed for business on June 30. On their Facebook page, they stated the decision was to focus their efforts on other ventures after being open for almost seven years.

Funky Fleur de Lis, a local gift shop located on Wimbledon Drive, recently closed their walk-in store to focus on online sales.

Taco Bueno, the Mexican fast-casual food chain in Alexandria, shut its doors at the end of June. The restaurant was operated by Antoon Enterprises.

Sherman Desselle spoke with Gary Perkins of Business Acceleration System about some of the reasons many small businesses close, and what owners can do to survive in the ever-changing business climate.

Gary has a long career that dates back to 1978 when he and a business partner Jimmy Weatherford bought Louie's Cafe in Baton Rouge. He then later opened and sold Spirits Food & Friends in Alexandria, Lee J's on the Levee in Pineville, and more recently, Wildwood Pizza.

Watch the video for the full interview.

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