Customers at the new Rouses Market at Airport Boulevard and Schillinger Road in Mobile, Alabama, opening April 25, can pick up prepared foods, ready-to-cook meal kits, even a few new cooking techniques and recipes while they shop.
“I can’t wait for people to see this new store,” said Donny Rouse, CEO. “It’s our first Rouses Market in Lower Alabama to feature all of our bells-and-whistles.”
Those amenities include a Chop Shop barbecue station with house-smoked beef, pork and poultry, and a Mongolian Grill serving made-to-order rice and noodle dishes. Other fresh food offerings include an extended hot foods bar, hot soup, fresh salad bar and made-in-store sushi. “Our chef-prepared specialties get their own case,” said Rouse.
Customers can learn how to prepare some of those specialties and other favorites in the store’s Culinary Center classroom, which will host events for adults and children, including cooking classes, wine tastings and chef demonstrations.
A full-service butcher shop, specialty meat counter, seafood market, bakery and floral shop join the wine and fresh produce departments lining the perimeter of the 50,000-s.f. store. There’s also a walk-in cold beer cave. A range of products are gathered in an area in the center of the store called the Savings Zone. Up front, a K-cup station allows customers to mix and match brands and flavors to make their own 24-packs.
“This is a brand new concept for us,” said Rouse.
Local products are featured throughout the store.
“We have amazing food and drink from around the globe, but our first focus is always local,” Rouse, added.
Time-crunched customers can get the items they need at Rouses Express, another new concept for the company. The quick-service section has its own designated checkout. The store’s focus on convenience extends to same-day delivery, a new service introduced earlier this year.
“Of course I want everyone to experience this new store. We’re very proud of it. But if you don’t have time to come to us, order online and we’ll come to you,” said Rouse.
Rouses Markets, founded in 1960, has stores in Louisiana, along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Lower Alabama and employs more than 6,300 team members.