Rouses Markets was founded in 1960 by Anthony J. Rouse, Sr.
It is now one of the largest independent grocers in the United States.
The family-owned company has 55 stores: 47 in Louisiana, three on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and five in Lower Alabama.
It has over 6,400 employees.
Donny Rouse is the current CEO; he is the third generation to run the company.
J.P. Rouse opens the City Produce Company in Thibodaux. The company sorts, packs and ships fresh Louisiana produce all over the country for sale in supermarkets as far away as Alaska.
As soon as he is old enough, J.P.’s son, Anthony J. Rouse, Sr., goes to work in the company’s packing shed. Anthony and his cousin Ciro DiMarco take over City Produce Company when J.P. Rouse passes away in 1954.
Anthony J. Rouse, Sr. and his cousin Ciro DiMarco open a 7,000-square-foot grocery store in downtown Houma. Anthony’s sons help out at the store after school and on weekends.
In 1974, Anthony starts work on a second store in Thibodaux. Ciro retires and Donald Rouse buys his uncle’s share in the business. The first Rouses in Thibodaux opens.
The company continues to expand across South Louisiana and opens its first epicurean-style markets in Houma and Thibodaux. Donald and Tommy Rouse become managing partners. Rouses is named the largest independent grocer in Louisiana.
Company opens its first Metairie location.
Donald and Tommy Rouse expand into St. Tammany Parish, opening a 54,000-square-foot store in Covington. That store is followed by other St. Tammany Parish locations in Mandeville and Slidell.
Two years after hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastate the New Orleans area, Rouses acquires A&P’s Southern Division, giving the company its first stores in Mississippi and New Orleans itself. The company doubles in size overnight.
Founder Anthony J. Rouse, Sr. passes away in March at age 79. He was a pioneer of the modern supermarket business who helped guide the business for nearly 50 years.
Rouses opens its first store in Lafayette, Louisiana, right across from Cajun Field. Downtown New Orleans gets its first major grocery store in 50 years when Rouses opens in the historic Sewell Cadillac building in the Warehouse District. Donny Rouse becomes managing partner. He is the third generation to lead the family business.
Rouses acquires five former Belle Foods stores in Lower Alabama, giving it first locations in Mobile, Gulf Shores, Spanish Fort, Saraland and Theodore. Within a year, the company is named best grocery store in Lower Alabama.
Rouses opens stores in Denham Springs, Ponchatoula and Baton Rouge. One month later the company acquires LeBlanc’s Food Stores, which had nine stores in the Baton Rouge area, bringing the total number of Rouses Markets to 54. Donny Rouse is appointed CEO.
Rouses signs a lease agreement at the Bluebonnet Village Shopping Center in Baton Rouge. Store will open after renovations of existing space.