Rouses plans stores in Lafayette, Livingston, Gretna

Rouses Supermarket is set to open three more stores in south Louisiana later this year, including its first Baton Rouge-area location and its third in the Lafayette area.

A location at Johnston Street and Duhon Road in Lafayette will open in the fall, along with the first Baton Rouge-area location at the Juban Crossing mixed-use development in Livingston Parish and a store in the Westside Shopping Center in Gretna.

The chain plans to build a 55,545-square-foot store on Airline Highway in the Long Farm Village development in Baton Rouge, but no opening date has been announced.

Meanwhile, Rouses is wrapping up a series of grand openings for five south Alabama stores.

The Thibodaux grocery chain is set to hold a grand opening for a store in Gulf Shores on Wednesday, capping off store openings that started Feb. 9 in Theodore, Ala.

Rouses entered the Alabama market in October, when it bought six stores from Belle Foods at a bankruptcy auction.

The stores in Mobile, Gulf Shores, Spanish Fort, Saraland and Theodore underwent extensive renovations. The grocery chain said it would spend about $2 million per location, adding in-store sausage kitchens and seafood boiling rooms.

“Each store is local and has its local ways and favorites,” said Donny Rouse, managing partner. “Rouses Markets makes it a point to bring products from one area it serves to other locations on the Gulf Coast.”

“Sales in Alabama are extremely strong,” Rouse said. “We’re selling more boudin and hog’s head cheese in Alabama than we are in New Orleans, and we’ve sold a lot of chicken and andouille gumbo and seafood gumbo.”

Although Rouses bought a second Mobile store at the auction, Rouse told last month that the grocer was unable to reach a deal with the landlord over the rent.

Rouses has 43 locations in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.