LeBlanc’s to merge Gonzales locations

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In order to more efficiently and effectively service all of its Gonzales customers, LeBlanc’s Food Stores will consolidate its two Gonzales locations, merging them into the 48,000-square-foot LeBlanc’s location at 209 South Airline Hwy., according to a release from the company.

Monday, Sept. 1 will be the last official day that the LeBlanc’s Food Store located at 1402 N. Burnside Ave., will be open for regular business. The store will close Tuesday, Sept. 2 and then reopen Wednesday, Sept. 3 for a liquidation sale.

LeBlanc’s began preparing its Airline Highway location for a growth in business, according to company officials, planning to add two cash registers to the already existing 11 registers. In addition, many employees at the South Burnside Avenue location will be offered the opportunity to transfer to the Airline Highway location or the store located on Hwy. 42 in Prairieville.

“Fourth generation independent retail grocers Marcy and Randy LeBlanc remain strongly committed to this area and their customer base which also includes supermarkets in Prairieville, Plattenville, Donaldsonville, Plaquemine, Zachary and, most recently, Walker,” the release reads. “Part of that commitment has always been to provide competitive prices so that customers do not have to choose between quality and low costs. Consolidating the Gonzales locations will allow LeBlanc’s to remain competitively priced while customers will still be able to enjoy outstanding selection, quality products, and superior customer service.”

The Airline Highway LeBlanc’s location offers a larger shopping area and includes expanded services within the store such as a Quizno’s restaurant, a pharmacy and fresh sushi made daily.

“LeBlanc’s Airline location will make it easier for customers to take care of multiple needs at one convenient location,” the release reads. “The family-owned and operated store will remain committed to its hallmark products such as quality perishables, particularly the fresh cut USDA Choice Black Angus Beef, outstanding seafood selections, fully stocked liquor department and the full service bakery/deli.”     

“We will continue to provide our customers with an enjoyable shopping experience with great selection,” co-owner Marcy LeBlanc said. “And as an Associated Food Store, we offer our customers competitive prices and hot weekly specials. Offering a convenient shopping outlet with easy parking and quick check-out are of as great an importance to us as to our customers, and the Airline Highway location allows for this.”

LeBlanc said that as rising expenses from fuel and other commodities continue to affect everyone, the company he co-owns with brother Randy will carefully and strategically look for ways that would allow LeBlanc’s to “continue to provide value to customers and that, of course, includes providing competitive prices.”

“Our decision to consolidate to one Gonzales location will allow us to do that for our customers and our employees,” LeBlanc said.