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Le Grand the Florist

Amid one of the coldest starts to a new year on record, fire fighters were called out early on the morning of January 2nd to LeGrand the Florist on historic Huey P Long Avenue in Old Gretna.

For anyone that grew up on the West Bank, LeGrand the Florist was often the first name that came to mind for floral needs. For generations, residents across our region relied on LeGrand the Florist for weddings, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, school dances, and funerals just to name a few.

As noted from their own Facebook page, since 1958, Le Grand The Florist has been providing beautiful flowers complemented with outstanding service. For “Flowers With A Personal Touch”, remember Le Grand The Florist! – and that is exactly what many West Bankers did.

Mark LeGrand the owner and operator of the florist became a welcoming face in his local floral shop. Outfitted with collectibles that he and his wife Tonya had accumulated for decades, those who passed by his white and green store front could often find the large pane windows decorated for the latest holiday.

Several fire companies from across the West Bank assisted David Crockett Steam Fire Company No. 1 with extinguishing the fire. The building ultimately was a total loss with the City of Gretna moving quickly to demolish the weakened structure to ensure the neighboring properties were not further damaged. Over the course of the day, several businesses including Gattuso’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill and Raising Cane’s provided meals to the emergency crews. It is times like this that we are reminded of the uniqueness and caring generosity you can find in many of our West Bank communities.

To be a fire fighter is a special calling. Fighting fires in normal conditions is not an easy task. Dealing with temperatures that fall below freezing in a climate where this not the norm, presented many challenges. Nonetheless, the men and women that serve in uniform prevented extensive damage from occurring to surrounding structures.

We wish to take a moment and thank all our fire fighters, EMS, and law enforcement personnel. We also want to thank those who volunteer to support and assist these departments. It is our hope that LeGrand the Florist under the direction of Mark LeGrand will soon resume a presence in our West Bank community.

All photos courtesy of Robert Marque

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The West Bank Beacon

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