Three Baton Rouge supermarkets earn national recognition for new store designs

Three locally-owned supermarkets are among just 14 from around the U.S. that have been recognized by a leading trade publication for their new store designs.

Listed among Progressive Grocer magazine’s 2015 Store Design Contest Winners are: LeBlanc’s Frais Marche in Drusilla Shopping Center; Hi Nabor’s new supermarket in the Broadmoor Village Shopping Center; and Matherne’s downtown market in the 440 on Third building.

“Associated Grocers is thrilled to congratulate our retail members who have been recognized by a leading industry trade publication for their efforts in the growth and evolution of their business,” says Emile Breaux, president and CEO of Associated Grocers, of which all three local supermarkets are members. “Each of these retailers clearly understands what is necessary to compete in the fiercely competitive retail grocery environment.  … Each of the retailers noted has a keen understanding of the growing importance of high-quality fresh and prepared foods for today’s time-starved consumers.”

The magazine recognized LeBlanc’s Frais Marche for its overall store design, noting that “customers are greeted with fresh sushi and a beautiful wine department set apart by a large suspended trellis with brushed gold lettering. …Maintaining local flair was top priority for the design, which blends contemporary elements with historic Louisiana charm.”

Hi Nabor was recognized as a best conversion of an existing space.

“While many of the elements of the store are reclaimed, other features are brand new,” the magazine writes. “The massive decorative arches invite shoppers into an expansive fresh food department … A variety of world art is placed in various areas around the perimeter walls … and in keeping with the stores’ status as a great ‘nabor’ its fresh smoothies are a big hit with patrons of the 24-hour fitness center that co-anchors the shopping center.”

Matherne’s was recognized as best conversion of a former office building to a new supermarket.  

“The owners and design team harnessed a colorful, sleek aesthetic to highlight the center of the store, while a cozy, enclosed dining area … became another focal point,” the magazine says. “Despite some surprises unearthed during the remodel … Matherne’s transformed the space into a functional and efficient downtown destination.”

See the full list of winners.

—Stephanie Riegel

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