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Posted: Friday, 17 January 2014 11:00AM

Mayor Landrieu welcomes return of Circle Food Store to New Orleans

Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Friday joined owner Dwayne Boudreaux and key partners to reopen the iconic Circle Food Store at 1522 St. Bernard Avenue.

The historic market, which had been closed since 2005 due to damage sustained during Hurricane Katrina, underwent an $8 million renovation. The new store will once again serve as an important retail anchor in the Seventh Ward neighborhood, providing fresh food options and creating more than 65 local jobs.

"Circle Food Store is back and better than ever," Mayor Landrieu said. "Dwayne Boudreaux committed to bringing this iconic store back to the Seventh Ward community and we made it our business to bring the people and resources together to make it happen. This is another example of what a successful public, private and non-profit partnership looks like."

The Circle Food Store first opened in 1938 as the city's first African-American owned-and-operated grocery store. Besides being a full service grocery, it was also a community hub for generations of New Orleans residents.

Among the store's features are a prominent produce section, a pharmacy, and a new delicatessen that will serve breakfast and lunch daily. Also new are specially branded products, including Circle Food Store hot sauces and coffee.

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