Construction will begin next week on Martin Wine Cellar’s retail store and bistro/deli at the site of the original Baronne Street location that flooded during Hurricane Katrina.

“I am very excited to rebuild our store where it all began in 1946. Martin’s on Baronne will be bigger and better than it was before …,” said Cedric Martin, president.

The one-story, 14,000-square-foot store at 3827 Baronne St. will feature fine wines, spirits, beers, cheeses, gourmet foods and related merchandise. Completion is expected in late 2014.

“After years of devotion to Martin’s, hundreds of customers continue to ask when we will re-build the Uptown store. I’m happy to finally be able to answer the question and say, now!” said David Gladden, CEO.

The 120-plus seat bistro/deli will offer daily chef specials, over-stuffed sandwiches, salads, entrees-to-go and catering for the Uptown area. Two separate parking lots will accommodate 60 vehicles.

The building was designed by Waggonner & Ball Architects and will be constructed by F.H. Myers Construction.

Martin Wine Cellar is a family owned and operated local business founded by David Young Martin Jr. in 1946. It has stores in New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville and Baton Rouge.