Sarah K Wood Lafayette Daily Advertiser
Published 11:00 AM EDT May 14, 2019
It’s no doubt our dinner tables would be pretty bland without Acadiana’s wide range of grocery stores and meat markets.
Three new food markets are making a home in Lafayette and are set to open before Winter 2019.
Here’s a look at the new brands:
Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets, Inc, based in Lakewood, Co. is set to open their grocery chain Natural Grocers in the La Marquise Building located at Parc Lafayette near River Ranch Development.
Natural Grocers strictly sells 100 percent Organic produce within their stores and boasts shelves of pristine dietary products, non-GMO organic dried goods, non-GMO bulk items (including refrigerated nuts and seeds to maintain optimal freshness), responsibly raised meats and seafood, a plethora of vegan goods, and green beauty care that steers clear of scary chemicals.
There is one important tip you need to remember before heading to Natural Grocers: Bring reusable grocery bags.
Natural Grocers is a bagless grocer, meaning they have completely eliminated plastic and paper bags in their store. If you forget to bring your bags, no worries, they will package your grocery items in the boxes that their products are shipped in upon checkout.
“Ten years ago on Earth Day we decided to eliminate disposable bags and plastic bags at checkout,” said Amber Dutra Director of Public Relations for Natural Food Grocers. “We do this as a two-prong approach: to eliminate single-use plastic and every time someone brings a reusable, we donate a nickel to a local food bank.”
The Lafayette store, in uniform with their other markets, will have a nutritional health coach present in the store. Natural Grocer’s nutritional health coach will offer free classes on health-related topics and free one-on-one consultations.
Stay tuned for their grand opening giveaway. Natural Grocers will be giving out gift cards that range from $10 to $100 their first six weeks. Be on the lookout for their opening date at naturalgrocers.com
You no longer have to trek to the outskirts of Youngsville, Scott, or Broussard to get quality specialty meats and Cajun goods. A family-owned 70-year-old Port Barre-based Cajun market called Bourque’s Supermarket is opening a second location under the name Bouque’s Specialties on Johnston Street in the former Sophie P Cakes, located at 3209 Johnston St., Lafayette.
The location will sell meat items like whole-stuffed chickens, fresh and smoked sausage, and “turduckens.” Alongside the fresh meat case will be the Bourque’s bestselling hot items including the famous original jalapeno sausage cheese bread, their fresh boudin and cracklin’, boudin egg rolls, and homemade dressing.
Bourque’s Specialties is set to open mid-summer 2019.
Handy Stop Market & Cafe
A locally-owned grocery concept called Handy Stop Market & Cafe is set to open at 444 Jefferson and Congress Street, it will be downtown’s first grocery store concept in several years.
Owner and New Orleans native Bradley Cruice, 53, is the Founder and Cochair of Healthy Acadiana and is opening Handy Stop Market & Cafe as a revival of his parent’s New Orleans-based Handy Stop Market.
To fill the need for a quality grocery option for residents in and around the downtown area is the mission behind this new market.
“The grocery business is in my blood. My family owned grocery stores in New Orleans and expanded to three stores,” said Cruice. “I feel the time is ripe to have a grocery store downtown and offer a healthy option to its residents.”
The market is in its early stages but Cruice shared that he has been working diligently with local farms and vendors to secure Acadiana-sourced produce and meats along with other Acadiana-made goods. These locally-sourced options are the foundation of the market and it will feature a seated cafe with healthy hot meals and a grab-and-go deli.
Handy is certainly in the name and the market plans to utilize the building’s drive-through window for anyone looking to grab groceries or hot meals on the go.
How will it work? Cruice is developing a smartphone app for the market for customers to order ahead.
If you would like to have a hand in what you want to see in their store, fill out the questionnaire found on their Facebook website at facebook.com/Handy-Stop-Market-Cafe-379274062664916 where you can stay up-to-date on the market’s progress.
Sarah Wood is a staff reporter for The Daily Advertiser, you can email her at [email protected]
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