Over 43 years coming to an end. Brothers on the Boulevard is closing their doors in retirement.
After decades of retail service and lets face it, retail therapy, Brothers has been a staple on Johnston street it even once could be found in the Acadiana Mall. Over the years, the popular store has gone through their fair share of changes and owner, Edward Abdalla says it’s time for a another one.
“I’d never thought I’d do it to tell you the truth, I thought I’d be in retail because I love it but things change you know.” said Edward “Brother” Abdalla, Owner of Brothers, “I had a little back surgery in April and not a little one but a big one. That gets your attention. It’s tough to do it but you come to the conclusion sooner or later.”
It’s a bittersweet change. One as the community begins to cope with the loss of a well-known retailer and the other as a family legacy comes to an end.
“I grew up in it, my family was in it with Abdalla’s”” said Abdalla.
The Abdalla name has served the Acadiana community for well over 100 years.
“They were in Opelousas, Lafayette and we’ve been here 43 years and that’s a good run you know.” said Abdalla, “It’s really, you know you get a little, you know, in your heart in your stomach when people say they don’t know where they’re gonna shop.”
The idea of opening a clothing store named Brothers 43 years ago was a prime opportunity for the Abdalla family.
“They opened this store here because they had the land.” said Abdalla, “My nickname was brother through my sister. She couldn’t say Edward. And she wanted a little brother and she called me brother and it stuck.”
It’s a name that also stuck to the hearts of the Lafayette community.
“You kinda get choked up you know? But you know that warms your heart when they come up and talk to you ‘This is our favorite store’, ‘We like it, it’s been here forever and we don’t know where we are gonna shop'” said Abdalla, “You see that with a lot of places but when it’s locally owned for 43 years, that’s the difference.”
Abdalla says the community’s support has meant so much to him and the Brother’s family. He’ll still be around, the next phase in his life he says is real estate since he owns the plaza Brothers is in he hopes to re-vamp it.
Abdalla says they hope to stay open until Christmas Eve but with the retirement sale happening, it could be sooner than that.