J.V. Hebert first into the building at the corner of Charity Street and Lyman Street where him and his brother Ray owned and operated Abbeville Auto Parts.
The Hebert family operated Abbeville Auto Parts until 1987 when the family elected to close its auto business. However, the Heberts were not through with the building. Jake Hebert, son of J.V., operated a Snapper Lawnmower dealership in the building for a couple of years.
After renting it for 30 years, the landlord raised the rent and Jake looked elsewhere for a new location.
A year earlier Jake purchased the building that was once the Boiling Point because it was next door to the new Snapper business. When the landlord raised the rent, Jake moved out and moved his business next door.
Around 1990, what was once Abbeville Auto Parts was turned into a chinese restaurant.
Overtime time, Abbeville Snapper grew and so did the size of the lawn mowers. When Jake first opened in 1988, all that was on display were 20 rear-end mowers and two or three tractor mowers. Today, Snapper handles zero-turn mowers, more tractor lawn mowers, along with rear mowers.
Jake was in need of room because of larger lawn mowers Snapper was making. Over three years, he made offers to the owner of the chinese restaurant to purchase the building. Eventually the owner sold the building to the Hebert family.
They moved into the old auto parts store a couple of months ago and have also expanded its repair building.
“My dad feels comfortable in the building,” Jake said. “It brings back memories.”
His father, who is 88, and the wife of Ray, Myrtis, who is 83, visit and help Jake and son Christian run the family owned business.
The Heberts provide service on every lawn-mower it sells and recently they branched out and now sell STIHL products which was another reason they needed a larger location.
The Snapper dealership is slowly expanding and has taken over the block along Charity Street. Jake said he has no plans to expand any time soon, unless the mowers keep getting larger.
Until then, the Heberts are in a familiar place for a long time.