Popular items added by request or expanded
Majoria’s Supermarket listens to its customers and is letting them know it not through their words, but their actions.
The locally-owned store and longtime staple of the Boutte community is adding more and more items to its shelves, some of them inspired by specific customer requests and others through trends observed by store management with items increasing in popularity.
“We’re increasing our product line to appeal to more of our customers throughout the parish,” said Dana Majoria, who owns and runs the store with his brothers Barry, Shea and Marc. “The internet is exposing people to all sorts of cuisines and things that are easy to make at home if you have the right type of ingredients.
“We’re trying to make available some of those harder to find things that can make preparing those meals easier for our customers, to go with the strong customer service provided by the great crew of employees we’ve always been able to depend on.”
Among the items either newly added or more stocked in the store’s inventory include gourmet cheeses and new sauces.
Examples include Uncle Larry’s Stew in a Few, Drago’s Grilling Sauce, Belgioso and Yancey’s cheeses, Yellow Stone Ground Grits, Reese’s Be’arnaise Sauce, Thai Chili Sauce, Cajun Smoke Seasoning, Truffle oil and a large assortment of Paul Prudhomme seasonings. There are new flavors of store made sausages like Brown Sugar and Pineapple, and Tamale that have found popularity already.
There are also freshly added spirits among the store’s selection of bourbons, wine and beer, including Urban South Brewery, Gnarly Barley, NOLA Brewery and 30A Blonde beers along with Caymus and The Prisoner wines.
“We’ve seen the way the trends are going over the past few years and what items have begun to sell more than they have in the past … we’re trying to develop a destination for people that’s comfortable and convenient to find the products they want,” Majoria said. “If we don’t have it, we’ll do our best to get it.”
Those products include items developed and sold by community locals. Cajun Smoke Seasoning is an item the store has begun carrying developed by Shawn Ledet of Boutte.
The Lutcher-developed Uncle Larry’s Stew in a Few, meanwhile, has been on Majoria’s shelves for a little more than a week, and how it got there is a testament to how quickly things can happen in today’s day and age, Majoria mused.
“I’d posted something on Facebook and someone asked if we could get Uncle Larry’s seasoning,” Majoria said. “Within an hour, Uncle Larry contacted us on Facebook. The next day he showed up with his product. We put it on Facebook and we began selling it that day. We’ve definitely been moving the product.”
Majoria said the store also plans to expand its party tray selection and added that customers can expect to see a few more changes along the way in the coming weeks and months.
But he added one thing that won’t change is the quality that people have come to expect from Majoria’s sausage, andouille and hogs head cheese.