Written by Timothy Boone for The Advocate | June 19, 2017

King’s Marble & Granite, a Gretna-based company, has purchased a 2.32-acre site off Airline Highway in Prairieville for a showroom and distribution center.

The company paid $789,000 for the land along the service road at the intersection of Airline and Post Office Road, said Bill Jeansonne of Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate. Jeansonne represented the buyer and the seller, B&C Matthews Property 1.

Musa Hamed, one of the owners of King’s Marble, said the company has had clients in metro Baton Rouge for a while now. “We were looking for property before the flood,” he said.

Hamed said he expects the Prairieville location to open in about a month and a half. The company will have about three employees to start, but Hamed expects six to seven people will be working out the office by the end of the year. King’s Marble has just under 30 employees in Gretna. 

Bill Jeansonne, a native of Alexandria, Louisiana, received both his undergraduate degree and master’s in business administration (MBA) from Louisiana State University (LSU).  Bill has 19 years experience in the commercial and industrial real estate business and 14 years experience in commercial/industrial warehouse design and sale of handling equipment.  His specializations include commercial and industrial development, brokerage, and leasing, as well as lease negotiations.

A Designee member of the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute (CCIM), Bill’s professional memberships include Baton Rouge’s Commercial Investment Division (CID), the LSU MBA Alumni Association, a founding member of the board of managers for the Louisiana Commercial Data Base (LACDB), a member of Louisiana REALTORS® (LR), a member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).  Bill has also served as a president of CID, a chairman of the CID Trends Program, a chairman of the LSU MBA Alumni Association Louisiana Looking Up Program, and on the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) Trends committee.  His current civic affiliations and past service include board chairman of the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation and president of the Capitol SERTOMA Club of Baton Rouge.  He is currently a member of the Cadets of the Ole War Skule, an alumnus of Omicron Delta Kappa (OΔK), and a member of the Lakeshore Lions Club.

Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate is a member of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce (BRAC); the West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce; the Baton Rouge Better Business Bureau; the Louisiana Commercial Data Base (LACDB); and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Several agents, on an individual basis, are members of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors® (SIOR), the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute (CCIM); the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR); and the Greater Baton Rouge Association of REALTORS® Commercial Investment Division (CID).