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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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Hospital’s takeover of 2 care homes praised, but questions linger

The decision to give The Ottawa Hospital oversight of two Ottawa long-term care homes is being praised by some connected to the homes — but there are also questions about why it didn’t happen sooner.

On Friday, Ontario’s Ministry of Long-Term care announced that voluntary agreements had been signed with home operator Extendicare to help with the COVID-19 outbreaks at the West End Villa and Laurier Manor.

As of Saturday, there had been 85 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at West End Villa since Aug. 30, with 11 deaths.

Laurier Manor only has had 19 confirmed cases, but the home was hit hard in the spring, with more than 100 cases and 25 deaths.

“It’s about time that there was some kind of action,” said Melissa Acheson, whose long-time partner, Shawn Hill, has been living at West End Villa after suffering a traumatic brain injury in 2018.

Hill was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sept. 14, Acheson said, and so far only has mild symptoms.

Patients confined to rooms

In an email, a ministry spokesperson told CBC that The Ottawa Hospital would “manage resident care in both homes” in response to the outbreaks for at least 90 days — and possibly longer.

Acheson said Hill had been confined to his room for the past 27 days, without a proper shower — and that has her worried his condition could deteriorate.

“It’s just awful to think about being alone and confined to your room for that long for anybody. Like, just terrible,” she said.

“When he is able to be around people, they can kind of bring him back into the present and remind him of where he is and how he got there and what’s happening.”

Union on board 

Acheson said she hopes the current situation sparks changes to long-term care in

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