Business & Economy,
June 11th, 2012
Times-Picayune Citizens’ Group
Major advertisers and businesses in the New Orleans metropolitan area, who together spend millions of dollars in advertising annually in The Times-Picayune, have joined “The Times-Picayune Citizens’ Group” in the call to keep the newspaper printing seven days a week.
The list of supporters reflects a wide spectrum of the business leadership in the New Orleans area and includes Ray Brandt Automotive Group; Latter & Blum, Inc.; Hurwitz Mintz Furniture Co.; D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, Inc. and The Rhodes Family of Businesses; Mignon Faget, Ltd.; Robert Fresh Market and Lakeview Grocery; Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry; the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group; and Coleman E. Adler & Sons.
All point to the need for a regular print vehicle that reaches 75% of the New Orleans population every day. The businesses are historic and consistent employers in the region. They indicate that a daily publication is a key contributor to the success of their individual businesses and to the economic vitality of New Orleans.
Major advertiser Ray Brandt, CEO of Ray Brandt Automotive Group, said, “New Orleans is a unique city, one of the ‘Jewel Boxes’ of America. To deprive its citizens of the daily publication of their beloved Times-Picayune would be a mistake of unmeasurable proportions.”
Rick Haase, President of Latter & Blum, Inc. stated, “New Orleans needs and deserves a daily newspaper. Latter & Blum has long been the largest real estate advertiser in The Times-Picayune. We remain committed to advertising where it best serves our clients’ and agents’ needs. As we consider the impact of what would be a greatly diminished Times-Picayune on our New Orleans community, we are also considering our digital media outlet alternatives.”
“My family and I support the effort of the Citizens’ Group,” said Sandra Rhodes Duncan of D.W. Rhodes Funeral Homes, Inc. “It is important to take into consideration the population that does not have home access to computers and digital media. Daily obituaries are needed in the funeral home community.”
“The importance of a daily newspaper in New Orleans and the region is irrefutable,” said Tiffany Adler, Vice President of Coleman E. Adler & Son. “For this city to be considered a major U.S. market in the eyes of international companies, the Times-Picayune‘s daily printing is critical.”