Rouses Markets will develop a new warehouse complex in Terrebonne Parish, about 40 miles west of New Orleans.
The new facility is located on 32 acres at the intersection of Highway 311 and Highway 90. The site will include a 310,000-s.f. climate-controlled space and land to add more warehouses, coolers, freezers and eventually a commissary.
The company said the location allows operations teams greater access to serve all markets.
“We’re increasing store support services to better serve our stores and customers. Terrebonne Parish makes perfect sense. We started here with our very first store in 1960,” said Donny Rouse, CEO.
Rouses Markets is one of the fastest growing family-owned companies in the United States.
Anthony J. Rouse Sr. and his cousin, Ciro Di Marco, ran that first 7,000-s.f. store in Houma. Today, the family has 63 locations and five more under construction. Rouses employs more than 6,700 team members serving customers across Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. In 2011, Rouse’s opened the first new grocery store in downtown New Orleans in 50 years in the Warehouse District.
Donny Rouse purchased the property on March 28, on behalf of his family’s company. The purchase was made with help from Gov. John Bel Edwards, Parish President Gordon Dove, on behalf of the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government, and State Rep. Tanner D. Magee.
“What a great day for Terrebonne Parish and the economy,” Dove said. “I applaud Donny Rouse and the Rouse family for keeping jobs and resources local, and welcome their store support to Terrebonne Parish.”
The facility is expected to open in January 2020, just as Rouses Markets kicks off its 60th anniversary.
“I couldn’t ask for a better start to our anniversary year than a homecoming to Terrebonne Parish, where it all started,” Rouse said.
The move is expected to add 150 jobs to Terrebonne Parish. The warehouse eventually will employ another 200 workers, all of which will be newly-created positions.