Rouses Supermarket was founded in 1932 by J. P. Rouse as City Produce Company in Thibodaux, Louisiana. The company was established with the sole purpose of buying produce from local farmers and suppliers in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes prior to shipping them across different cities in the United States. Currently, Rouses Supermarkets are considered to be grocery market chains situated in the states of Mississippi and Louisiana in the United States. The company has grown gradually over the years following its inception. A grocery store was opened in Houma, Louisiana by Anthony Rouse, J. P. Rouse’s son in the year 1960. Ten years later, other stores were opened in Thibodaux, Houma, and Raceland. Other additional company stores were established in the Southern part of Louisiana and communities like Morgan City, Lockport, and Cut Off.
The first Rouses store was opened in 1995 in Metairie, and by then it was Louisiana’s biggest independent grocer. A fifty-four thousand square foot grocery store was opened by Rouses in the year 2003 in Covington. Shortly after, two other stores were open in the year 2005 in Mandeville and in 2006 in Slidell. The A&P Southern section of Sav-A-Center stores was acquired by Rouses in 2007. This was two years following the devastation of the New Orleans area by Hurricane Katrina. The acquisition doubled the size of the company and led to establishment of the company’s first stores in Mississippi and in New Orleans. Two other stores were acquired in Mississippi in 2008. Other stores were opened from 2009 through 2013. The recent development is gaining the ownership of six Belle Food Stores in Alabama. It is evident that Rouses Supermarkets are likely to grow and expand further in the coming years.