An electronics specialist contractor, Goodyear attributed the spike in sales to customers needing to reconnect their equipment after moving it to higher ground, "builders ramping up just as fast as they can," and "people buying high quality a/v as almost comfort food."
Katrina and Rita passed by Graugnard's, so they could open for business with a full warehouse of inventory a day after Hurricane Katrina hit. "We haven't stopped since," says Graugnard.
September is typically Graugnard slowest month of the year, but September 2005 broke Graugnard's seven-year-old sales record. Sonny Graugnard attributes the rush to his store's status after Katrina as the only dealer with inventory between Donaldsonville and New Orleans.