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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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A secretive company that’s worked with Airbnb, Amazon, and Apple reportedly has a history of charging contractors to work for its corporate clients



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  • A customer service firm used by the likes of Apple, Amazon, Airbnb, and more has a history of exploiting the remote gig workers it recruits, according to a new ProPublica report.
  • Arise Virtual Solutions, which serves as a contractor to staff customer support teams, has seen booming business during the pandemic as it allows large corporations to easily hire and fire the people it contracts.
  • The report paints yet another picture of how workers in the gig economy are left vulnerable to exploitation.
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A customer service firm hired by the likes of Airbnb, Amazon, Apple, and Disney has seen a burgeoning business during the pandemic. But the 25-year-old firm also has a history of worker exploitation, according to a new ProPublica report.

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Arise Virtual Solutions acts as a middleman between gig workers — who, ProPublica reports, are mostly women and people of color — and big companies, pairing the remote customer service workers with large corporate clients. Arise’s clientele includes Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Disney, eBay, Peloton, Virgin Atlantic, and many others, according to the outlet.

The corporations are drawn to Arise’s services in part because of how quickly the firm can hire workers, the report notes. But Arise can also easily fire those customer service agents, without severance or insurance, in what is another example of how rampant worker vulnerability and exploitation can be in the gig economy.

Arise has been hit with federal class-action lawsuits since 2011, with workers alleging federal labor law violations and wrongful treatment of employees. ProPublica viewed hearings, internal documents, corporate contracts, and other records, as well as spoke with multiple agents for its investigation.

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