Turk File

Around Town: Maxwell's Market

by Leslie Turk

Home-grown Baton Rouge market/deli heads to Lafayette.

Maxwell's Market, a home-grown Baton Rouge market and deli, is expanding to Lafayette this summer. The Lafayette location marks the grocer's first expansion outside of the Capital City.

Maxwell's, according to city records, is constructing a 5,000-square-foot store at 1700 Kaliste Saloom Road, at its intersection with Steiner Road. The store, expected to open this summer, is in close proximity to national specialty grocer Fresh Market in River Ranch. Both concepts will face stiff competition from popular natural foods supermarket Whole Foods Market, slated to open later this year on Ambassador Caffery at Settlers Trace.

Lafayette will be Maxwell's Market's fourth location.

Ron Lewis, who founded Maxwell's 14 years ago, was not available for comment Tuesday.

"We weren't really looking at moving into Lafayette, but the developers approached us," Lewis tells Business Report in a story posted March 11. "We thought about it a long time and looked at the market and the demographics, and it just really made sense."

Read the Business Report story here.

Maxwell's Market is part of an S. L. Shaw & Associates development on 4.5 acres along Steiner Road and Settlers Trace. Shaw is also the contractor, according to company spokeswoman Diana Stephens, with design by Ritter Maher Architects.

Joining Maxwell's Market in Phase II of the development are (square footages estimated):
Our Lady of Lourdes Urgent Care - 4,000 sq. ft.
Nothing Bundt Cakes - 1,700 sq. ft.
Vein Center of Lafayette - 1,100 sq. ft.
Greg Campo (office) - 800 sq. ft.

Christy & Brock Barras, DDS - 4,000 sq. ft.
Acadian Comprehensive Therapy Services - 3,000 sq. ft.
Dr. Vitalis Okechukwu - 3,700 sq. ft.
Penterra Services - 3,100 sq. ft.
S.L. Shaw & Associates & Ritter Maher Architects - 940 sq. ft.

Occupying the completed Phase I are:
Merlin Oil & Gas - 5,000 sq. ft.
SKBAA CPAs - 6,000 sq. ft.
Lafayette Dermatology - 4,500 sq. ft.
Turn-Key Title - 1,400 sq. ft.
Prime Lending - 1,800 sq. ft.