Historic Grocery Store Damaged by Katrina to Reopen

One of the city’s newest registered historic landmarks will soon be back in business.

The Circle Foods store on St. Bernard Avenue was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina flood waters.

An $8 million dollar renovation project will restore the building and allow it to reopen.

Farmers who plan to sell their produce at the store were among those on hand for the announcement Monday.

The owner of the business says Katrina opened everyone’s eyes and let them know how important the grocery store was to the community.

“We really didn’t realize that until Katrina.  Then I think we got an understanding of how much it meant to us and how much the community meant to the store.”, said Dwayne Boudreaux.

The store also qualifies for more than $2 million in historic tax credits.

Last year Circle Foods was registered as a federal landmark.