The Lachicotte (pronounced “LASH-cot”) surname is deeply rooted in Pawleys Island. It harks at least to the early 1700s when rice cultivation was central to the family’s success. Fast forward to the 1930s when Arthur Herbert Lachicotte – known simply as “Doc” Lachicotte in these parts – took his rightful place in the region’s business community, He established the famous Pawleys Island Hammock Company and was involved in launching dozens of thriving real estate communities, retail establishments and golf courses all along the Grand Strand. In 1991, he founded the eponymously named real estate venture, The Lachicotte Company.
Today, that company remains as well acquainted as ever with the region’s history and beauty, and every agent and staff member takes satisfaction in delivering their acquired knowledge to the clients they serve. Of central importance is that a new crop of community leaders – four seasoned siblings of a local family as respected as the Lachicottes – have taken the reins, and The Lachicotte Company is poised to reach new heights. Patriarch of the new owners was Charles F. Cooper, a great friend and business collaborator of Doc’s. Before his untimely passing in 2001, he was a formidable business force in his own right. Together, their joint accomplishments improved the community in countless ways.
Described by one contemporary as “a gentle man of great integrity,” Cooper was a pharmacist by trade. He established several pharmacies in SC and beyond, including the one at Georgetown Hospital. Ultimately, his vision and drive led him into developing and finance when he began building nursing homes, hospices and other health care facilities. He loved all of it, and many awards, board positions and other recognitions gave evidence to the range of his professional passions.
And so, as was always intended, an indisputable sense of family and community will continue to define Lachicotte’s company culture. The company Doc Lachicotte built is now in the hands of a new generation who vow to honor the company’s beginnings while keeping a firm eye on the future. Strict adherence to the principles of hard work, integrity and treating both staff members and clients as family is a cornerstone that will serve them well. It always has.