Stine Home & Yard acquired Eunice, La.-based Fruge Lumber. The store opened under the Stine banner on August 28, representing the 11th location in the state of Louisiana for the company.
“We’re excited to locate in Eunice, a community we’ve been serving peripherally for many years from our Crowley and Jennings stores,” Stine Home & Yard CEO Dennis Stine said in a prepared statement.
Freddie Fruge and his father, the late Cedric Fruge, started the business in 1972. According to a news release, most of the current Fruge employees have accepted jobs with Stine and will continue to serve customers from the Eunice location.
“Their focus on employees and customers, as core tenants of the Stine way of doing business, is what Fruge Lumber focused on as well,” Fruge said.
Stine’s initial plans for the store include adding inventory, expanding merchandise offerings, and incorporating low prices that customers have grown accustomed to expect from Stine. The company said that while inventory in the Eunice location will be limited by space constraints, all merchandise found on Stine’s website will be available for free ship-to-store.
Stine Home & Yards employs over 800 associates in 11 stores across the state of Louisiana and one store in Natchez, Miss.