Re-Bath ceases Baton Rouge operations two years after corporate takeover

Re-Bath has left the Baton Rouge market after a 15-year presence here, permanently closing its 15,475-square-foot Coursey Boulevard showroom two months ago.

It’s not immediately clear why the company’s corporate headquarters decided to cease operations in Baton Rouge, as a Re-Bath representative could not be reached for comment prior to publication.

Jonathan Walker and Ransom Pipes of Maestri-Murrell Commercial Real Estate are currently listing the building for the owner.

“If we see any strength in the commercial real estate market right now, it’s in the multifamily and industrial sectors,” says Walker, who’s listing the building, for sale or lease, for $1.55 million, or some $10.50 per square foot.

Re-Bath’s exit comes two years after the Arizona-based bathroom remodeling company took over ownership of its Baton Rouge location, which had been owned by local franchisees—the late Janice and Ronald “Pepere” Leclerc—on Jones Creek Boulevard since 2005, and managed by daughter Christy Beard after their deaths. Pepere Leclerc was known for running local television commercials that starred his granddaughter.

In late 2018, Re-Bath reopened the Baton Rouge store in the former Shoppers Choice showroom on Coursey, marking the chain’s first corporate-owned location. The space served as a “think tank” for Re-Bath to test new products, services, marketing programs and operational changes.

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