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NEWORLEANS - A Seventh Ward landmark is about to return to that community - seven years after it was shut down by the flood waters that followed Hurricane Katrina.

Residents walked to the Circle Food Store Monday morning for the first time in a long time.

They were joined by Mayor Mitch Landrieu and area leaders for a groundbreaking.

It has taken new owner Dwayne Boudreau years to put together the financing needed to restore the popular neighborhood grocery that was flooded five feet deep by the inundation that followed Katrina.

Inside the store is still gutted, and the contractor was on hand, making final notes as he prepared to start work on the $8 million renovation project .

A crowd showed up at what they felt was like a historic moment for the area.

'It is going to create 75 jobs. It will once again be the anchor for this community, and it is going to spur economic development in this area,' Landrieu said.

'We still want to keep our neighborhood feel. We still want to keep our family oriented shopping experience that we always had. We want to make this more like an open market, but closed in,' Boudreau said.

Boudreau hopes to open the store by mid to late summer.

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