GRETNA, La. -- The Rouses family of stores is expanding again with a new market opening Wednesday, at the intersection of Stumpf and the Westbank Expressway in Gretna.

Although Rouses already has two locations on the Westbank, one in Algiers and one on Belle Chasse Highway, this is the company's first Westbank store built from the ground up.

It was conceived and designed in-house a Rouses Market from birth.

'All of our stores offer our trademark blend of quality, service and value,' said Donny Rouse, Managing Partner, 'but each one has its own distinct local personality.'

The new Rouses Market in Gretna includes traditional Rouses elements, including a hot food bar; a fresh salad, fruit, grain and soup bar; a sushi bar; a deli with Rouses signature selections and sliced-to-order meats; full-service bakery and floral departments; a full-service butcher shop and sausage kitchen where Rouses butchers prepare Rouses homemade Cajun specialties and sausages: a seafood department with seafood boiling room; and a liquor department with the lowest prices on wine, beer and spirits on the Westbank.

There are new features, too. 'We're famous for our food, and we sell a lot of hot and cold meals during breakfast lunch and dinner, so we set up indoor and outdoor cafe seating, a first for the Westbank.' And while all Rouses Markets offer carryout service, 'We built a rain canopy at our new store. You can pull up and we'll load your groceries for you.'

New ground-up Rouses Markets in development in Lafayette and Denham Springs, Louisiana, will open later this year. 'As we grow, so do the opportunities for our local partners like Chisesi Meat, Swamp Pop and Abita.'

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