The spring of 2020 was supposed to be a time for a centennial celebration at Gerami's Floors in Lafayette.
And although the past few months have been anything but a reason to party, the staff has found ways to cope, communicate and prepare for the next 100 years.
"We were starting off this year going into one of the most wonderful times to celebrate and we are definitely having some things to overcome to make memories and to continue doing business here in Acadiana," said owner Gary Gerami.
But Gerami’s Floors wouldn't have made it through 100 years of business if owners and staff weren’t willing to adapt to meet the challenges placed before them.
And the biggest of those challenges? Communication.
“I really like to do it the old way, visit one-on-one, and do business that way,” said Gerami. “So the technology part is really coming a long way but to adapt, you really can’t stay the same.”
The day Gerami’s Floors closed its doors on March 23rd was a tough day for Gerami and his staff.
"In light of the Coronavirus, it was one where the company responded with a methodical, logical approach," said Gerami. “Let’s just kind of regroup. Take a couple deep breaths. Sleep on it for a few days, then ease back in.”
And Gerami’s has done just that. Staying afloat and keeping busy by working with contractors and "do-it-yourselfers" alike.
“I’m looking. Our numbers are not as good as it could be, but it’s still positive," he said.
For Gerami’s Floors, it’s 100 years and counting.
Counting not just the tiles, but also, the blessings.
“We wake up every day, we come in and we do what we’ve been doing for a long time and be thankful for what we do have," said Gerami.
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