Businesses join forces, become one to survive August flood
BATON ROUGE – The close-knit, family feeling the city offers grew stronger Friday when two long-time gardening and home improvement outlets opened under one name in an effort to stay alive after the August flood.
Clegg's Nursery took over Naylor's Hardware and Garden Center on Old Hammond Highway and hired John Naylor and his manager, Butch Drewes. Naylor's business took five feet of water in August. Without flood insurance, he was facing the idea of shutting down. But, Clegg's came to the rescue.
Months ago, Naylor told the Business Report the idea of taking out an SBA disaster loan wasn't an option - “I don't want to be paying off loans when I'm 90,” he said.
The new store, Clegg's Nursery True Value, opened Friday morning.
Two Clegg's locations also flooded in August but have since reopened.