Local flower shop announces closure
The DeQuincy Flower Shop, one of DeQuincy’s oldest businesses, will be closing soon. It is one of many DeQuincy landmarks that have been affected by a sluggish economy.
A brief history is given here:
DeQuincy Flower was first operated by Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Duggan and son, Mack Raymond. It was established in June 1945 in the Kilgore building, which stands at the corner of Pine and Lilly Street, and the property includes four city lots.
The business, together with the real estate, was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cockrell of Dallas, Texas in May, 1950. In 1951 the Cockrells added Western Union to the business, also there was an addition to the shop to provide more room in the display and work rooms.
In November 1952 the business added bulbs, vegetable plants, and other needs for fall planting. Around the same time Mayor Fontenot and Congressman Henry Larcade proposed to accept Mr. Cockrells proposal to build a post office on the property of DeQuincy Flower Shop.
In 1965, the business was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Morris (Louise) Alexander. They had worked in the florist industry for Sulphur Florist and University Florist. Upon the purchase of the business they moved to DeQuincy and rented the property. Half of the building was the flower shop and the other half was their home.
In March 1977 the business was relocated to the corner of S. Pine Street and W. Harrison Street, it’s current location. It was the first brick home built in DeQuincy.
After the deaths of Morris and Louise Alexander, the shop was handed down to their daughter, Charlotte Alexander Clark, to carry on the family business. She is a 3rd generation licensed florist.
Clark said, “It brings sadness and heartache to inform you that I am permanently closing due to the economy being too slow”.
“I would like to on behalf of my family thank all of DeQuincy and the surrounding areas for their support through the years. We have met a lot of people in our 49 years of business in which we have thought of as friends and family that we will be dearly miss.”