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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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Business Spotlight: Frank’s Supermarket continues legacy of founder

Business Spotlight: Frank’s Supermarket continues legacy of founder

In our community, bloodlines run deep, family is important and taking care of others comes natural.
In 1978 Frank LeBouef opened the first Frank’s Supermarket in Cut Off. Since then, his son David, who is now the business president and oversees retail operations, has opened four more locations, three of which are in the heart of Cajun Country, Lafourche Parish.

“We started as a mom and pop shop and though we have grown to large supermarkets, we still hold true to our roots,” David said.

Faith LeBouef, his mother, still comes into the office weekly to help out. Her children and grandchildren all play key roles in keeping the family business thriving, more than 36 years after its original opening date.

Frank’s Supermarket now employs more than 220 people at various locations. The stores provide the community with excellent customer service, products and competitive prices.

Employees at Frank’s Supermarkets are well trained and knowledgeable in their jobs. They continue training by attending workshops and seminars. Frank’s hires people local to their stores so they know their customers’ needs and wants.

“We don’t have a huge turn over with employees. We are loyal to them and they are loyal to us. We have many employees that have been with us for 20 years or more,” said David.

Last month a new Larose location opened on Hwy. 3235 and is doing very well. The store offers more varieties of specialty foods like tuna steaks, organic produce and deli specialties. Along with its expanded deli, the store offers a fruit and salad bar, a fresh squeezed juice bar and a station where patrons can make their own peanut butter.

Frank’s Supermarket has teamed up with Lady of the Sea General Hospital and has opened a pharmacy at the Larose location to better serve residents’ needs.

The stores also pair with local schools and organizations to provide items for fundraisers, festivals, sporting events and more.

“Our patrons are our best advertisers. Their loyalty and patronage shows that they are not only important to us, but that we are also important to them,” David said.

Frank’s supermarket is unique in a sense that they are able to compete with big chains without losing the local atmosphere and flair for doing business.

“Our dad passed away and 2001 but we know he would be proud of what we have accomplished since his passing. We work hard daily to carry on his ideas of how customers, employees and the community should be treated,” David said.

The LeBouef family appreciates the community support it has received through the years and hopes that they will continue to be a pillar in the community.

“We live here, our kids attend school here, we go to church here and we shop here. We live local, shop local and support local organizations,” David said.

Frank’s in Golden Meadow is located at 2113 S. Alex Plaisance, Blvd., Frank’s in Larose is located at 13086 Hwy. 3235, Frank’s in Lockport is located at 7114 Hwy. 1 and Frank’s in Des Allemands is located at 17235 U.S. Hwy. 90.

The Business Spotlight is a paid advertorial. For more information on taking part in a Business Spotlight advertisement, contact The Lafourche Gazette at 985-693-7229.