Fresh Market Coming to New Orleans; Medical Clinic for Lower Ninth

By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor First Costco and Wal-Mart announced plans to come to New Orleans. Now another chain store has announced plans for the Crescent City. The difference, however, is that The Fresh Market already has a three-store presence in New Orleans, with  the fourth one scheduled to open on July 25 at 9 [...]

First Costco and Wal-Mart announced plans to come to New Orleans. Now another chain store has announced plans for the Crescent City. The difference, however, is that The Fresh Market already has a three-store presence in New Orleans, with  the fourth one scheduled to open on July 25 at 9 a.m., reported The Times-Picayune.

According to the New Orleans daily, The Fresh Market’s newest Louisiana endeavor will be located at 3338 St. Charles Ave. in Uptown. The 24,800-square-foot building used to house Bultman Funeral Home, before converting into a Borders bookstore, which in turn closed in 2011 during the book retailer’s nationwide wave of shutdowns.

According to The Fresh Market’s Web site, the newest Big Easy supermarket will feature the store’s usual full-service, old-style butcher shop, fresh seafood, freshly baked pies and breads, more than 200 domestic and imported cheeses, over 400 types of produce that includes a large organic selection, European delicatessen, prepared meals, elegant platters and trays, specialty grocery items, gourmet coffee, freshly cut flowers and custom-made gift baskets.

The store’s impact however, goes beyond increasing retail options for locals and redeveloping a vacant building. The St. Charles Fresh Market is bringing 90 new jobs, most of which will go to locals. Furthermore, The Times-Picayune reports the store’s strong commitments to the local community by selling local products and making regular food bank donations.

In other news, WWL-TV reported plans to convert a portion of the blighted Holy Cross campus in the Lower Ninth Ward to a medical clinic, a much needed addition to an area that suffered a great deal of damage during the storm. Furthermore, it would seem that the clinic might be operational by the end of the year.

Faith-based non-profit New Orleans Baptist Ministries acquired 3.5 acres of land through a “sale and donation” process. According to WWL-TV, the future Christ Community Health Services-NOLA primary care clinic will be built on seven lots on St. Claude Avenue that the former all-boys Catholic school donated, as well as the school’s former baseball field, which was purchased for $450,000.

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Photo courtesy of Fresh Market’s Facebook profile