Chris’s Specialty Foods is moving its Prairieville location across Airline Highway to be able to sell hot boudin to commuters on their way home from work.
The specialty foods store, voted best meat market in the 2018 Best of 225 Awards, celebrates 25 years in Baton Rouge this year, and owner Tressy Leindecker says the move across the street will upgrade its Prairieville store to match some of the features found at its locations on Millerville Road and in New Orleans. The top priority upgrade? The ability to sell hot, ready to eat boudin and cracklins.
“Boudin and cracklins are our No. 1 sellers in our other locations, and we felt there was a demand in the Ascension area,” Leindecker says. “Going across the street helps us hit the 5 p.m. traffic of people coming home in the evening.”
Leindecker says the Prairieville store currently doesn’t sell hot foods. The new space, opening June 1, has a larger walk-in area for customers, and less space devoted to freezers and could, in the future, have wine pairings available.
“We are really trying to focus on the experience of our customers when they walk in,” Leindecker says. “We want them to be wowed by the aesthetics of the store, and for it to be easy for them to find products.”