Rouses Supermarkets
Industry Retail
Founded 1923 as City Produce Company
Headquarters Thibodaux, Louisiana, USA
Number of locations
Key people
J.P. Rouse - Founder
Anthony Rouse
Ciro DiMarco
Products Grocery
Number of employees

Rouses Supermarkets are a chain of grocery markets in the U.S. states of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi with more than 5,000 employees. The company had its start as the City Produce Company, founded in Thibodaux, Louisiana by J. P. Rouse in 1923, which bought produce from local farmers in the Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes, as well as the French Market in New Orleans, and shipped them around the United States. [1][2]

Interior of Rouses Market in New Orleans Central Business District, 2011.

In 1960, Anthony Rouse (son of J. P. Rouse) and his cousin, Ciro DiMarco, opened a 7,000-square-foot (650 m2) grocery store in Houma, Louisiana. In the 1970s, the company operated stores in Houma, Raceland and the Rouses’ hometown of Thibodaux. During the 1980s, the company opened new stores in South Louisiana, in the communities of Lockport, Cut Off and Morgan City.

Rouses opened its first store in Metairie in 1995 and was then the largest independent grocer in Louisiana.

In 2003, Rouses opened a 54,000-square-foot (5,000 m2) store in Covington. That store was followed by other St. Tammany Parish locations in Mandeville in 2005 and Slidell in 2006.

In 2007, two years after hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the New Orleans area, Rouses acquired A&P’s Southern Division of 17 Sav-A-Center stores, effectively doubling the company in size, and giving the company its first stores in the city of New Orleans and in Mississippi. In 2008, Rouses acquired two additional stores in Mississippi.[3]

In January 2009, Rouses opened a newly constructed store in Youngsville, Louisiana, a community in the Lafayette area. This location was the first in the Acadiana region for the chain, its western-most store, and the biggest grand opening event in company history.

Anthony Rouse died on March 5, 2009 at the age of 79.[4][5]

In 2010, the company acquired a store in Mathews, Louisiana which was previously operated by Winn-Dixie.[6]

In 2011, Rouses opened a 40,000-square-foot full service grocery store in the Central Business District of New Orleans ending 45 years without.[7]

In 2013, Rouses expanded into Alabama by taking ownership of six Belle Foods stores in the Mobile area.[8] The first of those stores opened in Theodore, Alabama on February 9, 2014.[9]

In 2016, Rouses acquired Leblanc's Food Stores, expanding it's presence in the metro Baton Rouge area with 9 additional locations. All Leblanc's Food Stores were rebranded as Rouses Markets.[10]



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