Jewelers Buy Out Mardi Gras Bingo Hall in Houma

A couple from Houma who own a jewelry store in the region have decided to expand their investment ventures and recently purchased a small bingo hall and what was a five and dime store earlier in addition.

Williams Realty Co. sold the Mardi Gras Hall for $400,000 to Greg and Manon Fakier. Earl Williams, former owner of Williams Realty also owns an apparel store across the street with seven of his family members. And, while some people expected the couple to use the hall as another store, the Fakiers have decided to purchase a bingo hall and use it for gaming purposes.

In a phone interview, Fakier said, “We have plans to keep it as a bingo hall. We plan to increase the games, clean it up and make it a reception hall.”

Located in 7880 Main St., the 10,000 square foot building was initially a Houma’s Woolworth’s store, which was then relocated to the Southland Mall a little while after it opened in the late 1960s.

Anne Picou, Director of Houma’s Main Street mentioned that the property of the bingo hall has been owned by William for almost 20 years ever since.

The games in the bingo hall include those conducted by the Krewe of Aphrodite. To get the quaint, archaic look, the Fakiers are going to clean the metal front and awning frame. When the bingo games are not happening, they have plans to let out the place for other events.

The Fakiers who also own a jewelry store and several other properties have greatly invested in the eastern end of Houma’s.

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