When the store opened on October 5, 1968, they held the largest jambalaya giveaway at the time serving nearly 1,200 plates at the event.

Sacs Feed and Western Store in Gonzales celebrated 50 years in business on Saturday. The store opened in 1968 when owner Gayle Braud combined his love for business with his passion for rural life.

Parish President Kenny Matassa said at Thursday's Ascension Parish Council meeting that Braud moved out of the New Orleans area, where he previously ran several grocery stores, and came to Gonzales to bring livestock feed and Levi jeans to those who could not find it locally. He added that when the store opened on October 5, 1968, they held the largest jambalaya giveaway at the time serving nearly 1,200 plates at the event.

Braud worked in the store until his health forced him into retirement before passing away in 2013. Longtime manager Joey Templet began working in the store in 1972 and still runs it today alongside Braud's daughter Gay Robert.

Sacs has added merchandise over the years to meet the needs of their customers. The store is a staple for the community and a regular stop for those passing through. The business contributes to local events including the equestrian rodeo and sporting events.

After a devastating fire in 2017, Sacs is back and better than ever. Through dedication and determination, the team was able to rally and rebuild into the beautiful building that still sits on Burnside today.

Sacs celebrated with a grand re-opening on Saturday. Of course jambalaya was once again served, and vendors offered information on everything from pet food to lawn and garden care. Discounts were offered on most merchandise in the store, and raffles were held to give away door prizes.

The staff at Sacs pride themselves on community and customer service and look forward to another 50 years in business.

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