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Armstrong's re-opens New Orleans lighting showroom


December 1, 2010
   Armstrong's Supply, whose retail lighting business was dealt a severe blow by the effects of Hurricane Katrina, has re-opened its state-of-the-art lighting and design showroom in New Orleans. The store is located at 3600 Orleans Avenue, at the corner of Bayou St. John in the historic Mid-City neighborhood.

"We're thrilled to return to our original home in Mid-City" says Leslie Armstrong, Vice-President. "Our temporary location in Metairie allowed us to keep our brand alive after Katrina, but it was always our intent to return home to New Orleans. We hoped to create a store that was unique in our market, a fine lighting gallery that also features a great selection of home decor and gifts. We're pleased with the final result."

The showroom is spacious and free-flowing, with attractive vignettes displaying chandeliers, lamps, mirrors, furniture, art and more. Armstrong and her staff take great efforts to search for distinctive merchandise to offer. "We want the shopping experience at Armstrong's to be unlike any other in the area" says Armstrong. 

Armstrong's opened a stand-alone store in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie in 2007 and has closed that location with their move back to New Orleans.

Armstrong's Supply Company is a fourth-generation family business selling lighting and electrical supplies, founded in New Orleans in 1924, and operates three locations in Southeastern Louisiana.

The long road back from Katrina


January 8, 2006
   Armstrong's Supply continues its recovery from the ravages of Hurricane Katrina. Katrina struck the New Orleans area on August 29th, 2005, causing severe damage to 80% of the metropolitan area. Our Orleans Ave. headquarters location sustained major damage, with floodwater levels of 5' inundating the site for over two weeks. We were not able to gain access to our New Orleans building until September 15.

The weeks immediately following our return to the area produced a flurry of activity. We relocated our headquarters operations to a new building in Mandeville, LA, forty miles north of New Orleans. Fortunately, our existing Mandeville sales branch received no substantial storm damage. We opened a new commercial sales branch in Jefferson, just west of town, and began conducting business the morning of September 30.

Rebuilding in the New Orleans area, post-Katrina, poses a unique set of challenges. We re-opened our New Orleans location in a temporary building March 1, 2006, becoming the first electrical distributor to reopen in New Orleans following the storm. Clean-up and demolition took nearly four months, and we are just now starting the rebuilding effort. Armstrong's plans to return to full business operations in New Orleans in the Fall of 2008.

 In July, 2006 we began construction of a stand-only lighting showroom in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie. This state-of-the-art facility will open in Spring 2007 and will be the largest and most modern lighting store in the immediate area.

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