Profiles of Resilience

Circle Food Store


A landmark in the historic Treme neighborhood, Circle Food Store opened in 1939 as the first African-American-owned grocery store in New Orleans. It closed in 2005 when it was inundated with five feet of floodwater following the levee collapse. But with lots of elbow grease, support from the City of New Orleans Fresh Food Initiative, and a strong spirit of resilience and perseverance, Dwayne Boudreaux and his family reopened the iconic store in January, 2014.