Rouses Markets said it will open new stores in Kenner and Ponchatoula, opening up in buildings currently occupied by Winn-Dixie.

“The right opportunities came up for us,” said Donny Rouse, managing partner.

Rouses will open a new location this summer at 4041 Williams Blvd. in Kenner, moving out of its current spot at 1000 West Esplanade in Kenner.

“The whole shopping center there is kind of dead,” Rouse said. Plus, the chain was unable to renegotiate a lease on the space. Rouses will take up the 55,000-square-foot space on Williams Boulevard.

The Thibodaux company will open up its first location in Ponchatoula, going into a store in the Berryland Shopping Center. The Winn-Dixie store in that spot is set to close in October, possibly sooner, Rouse said. If all goes well, a Rouses could open in the 48,000-square-foot space by the end of the year. “We’ve had a lot of requests to get into that market,” Rouse said. “But we didn’t have the right opportunity to get the right location.”

Rouses has 45 locations stretching from Lafayette to Gulf Shores, Alabama. The chain is planning a store in Baton Rouge, on Airline Highway, in the Long Farm Village development. Last month, a location in Denham Springs opened in the Juban Crossing mixed-use development.

“The first week of Juban Crossing was the largest grand opening we ever had,” Rouse said. Business has continued to remain strong.

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