As Rouses expands its local footprint with the acquisition of LeBlanc’s, an already-competitive industry is expected to become even more cutthroat

LeBlanc’s Frais Marche store manager Joe Crowell, right, helps a customer load their cart at LeBlanc's Frais Marche at Drusilla Village Shopping Center. Thibodaux-based Rouses Markets recently announced it will buy the LeBlanc's chain, boosting Rouses' presence in the Capital Region. (Photo by Tim Mueller)
When Rouses Markets inks a deal later this month to acquire the nine-store LeBlanc’s Food Stores chain, it will become the largest Louisiana-owned supermarket in the region, with 54 locations in thr…

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