Ephrata1966 wrote:What was bad about the location? I believe you, but do you mean "bad" in terms of crime or just not a good location for a supermarket? Personally I'm kind of astounded that the former A&P (now Rouses) in the French Quarter has survived as a grocery store for all these decades. A&P had its own chain of liquor stores in the Northeastern states, but I guess never tried any in Louisiana. It's a shame because that French Quarter spot would be absolutely perfect for a liquor store. Imagine just how mobbed it would get during Mardi Gras, St Patrick's Day, etc. Sure, the Rouses does sell booze, but the selection is skimpy, and they keep all the spirits on display behind the counter to prevent shoplifting. Buying spirits there feels like shopping at one of the State Stores in Pennsylvania in the old days. Or might as well be the Virginia ABC stores, or even the LCBO stores in Canada.
The Mid-City area where this store was located is a high crime area. It just isn't safe, and attracts a really bad element.
The French Quarter store survives because it's the only full service supermarket in the French Quarter area of town. It's also a novelty destination store; it gets a lot of nostalgic foot traffic, including me several times. It's a very cramped store, but a full service supermarket with a full deli and meat market. The liquor stores were usually due to ordinances that required separate entrances for the liquor area. There were some in Louisiana, but they weren't required or popular. Folks here want to pay for their meat and beer together.