On Friday January 17, Circle Food Store celebrated its Grand Re-Opening. The event was filled with marching bands, community members, a choir, politicians, and lots of shoppers.
The Tulane City Center worked with Dwayne Boudreaux, the owner of the historic 7th ward grocery store in the fall of 2009. The TCC played a role in kickstarting the project when our fall studio developed a pre-design and a visioning document for this project, which included a business plan and collaboration with the B-School. Our initial involvement with the project also included a great deal of support from the 7th ward neighborhood center and the greater community surrounding the historic minority owned grocery. From that initial visioning packet phase Dwayne Boudreaux was able to raise political support, funding, hire a developer, and John Williams’ office was the Architect for the project. In all the 22,000 sf project cost 8 million dollars and relied on federal new market tax credits, federal and state historic tax credits, money from the city’s Fresh Food Retailer Initiative, and a large team of skilled professionals to see the project through to completion.
And if you really want to see some beautiful photos of the building before/during/after construction check out Andrea Mabry’s blog