What started as a dream for a couple to be their own boss has grown into two hardware stores that provide big city service without in the small towns of Abbeville and Maurice.

Gerrod Brasseux and his wife, Nikki, began their journey in January 2016 when they restored the old Star True Value Hardware, 300 S. State St. in Abbeville, and reopened it as Brasseux’s Hardware. Last month they expanded into Maurice with the town’s first full hardware store, a 7,250-square-foot building at 9611 Maurice Ave.

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