A Hammond company with one New Orleans-area culinary supply store is adding a second in New Orleans itself.

Alack Culinary Equipment and Supplies Superstore plans to renovate a vacant and blighted former car repair shop into a retail showroom.

Parent company Alack Refrigeration of Hammond also operates Lotz Culinary Equipment in Harahan.

Chief Operating Officer Greg Alack said they’re getting permits to replace the roof and renovate the interior of the former Fleet Tire Service Center.

He said other work has begun, with expectations of opening in the fall.

Alack plans a 25,000-square-foot retail showroom and a demonstration kitchen where customers can take classes and attend demonstrations by guest chefs.

The company was founded in 1970 and has locations in Florida and Ohio.