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History of Loutre Market


 

Original location - 1963

Bob and Carol Johnson left Kansas City in 1962 to help Bob's brother-in-law, Junior Collins, with a service station that Junior built on the west side of Highway 19 at the intersection of Highway 94.  Bob had been working for a food broker and supermarket in Kansas City and was looking for the opportunity to start a business when Collins requested his help.  Bob ran the service station while Collins put up a building next to the station to house the original Loutre Food Market.

The first day of business for Loutre Food Market was on June 10, 1963.  The store was an instant success as Bob and Carol didn't even get the doors open before they sold their first item.  The night before the store opened, someone stopped by and bought a block of salt.  They always kept blocks of salt in the store from that day forward.

 

Second building - 1965

When the doors opened on June 10th, Laura Allemann was the first customer.  After a month in business, Bob and Carol decided they needed some help.  Their first employee was Knally Boehm.  Loutre Market quickly outgrew their first building and in July of 1965 they moved into a larger building next door.  Five years later, they moved to the east side of Highway 19 where the building remained for 32 years.

 

 

 

The third location of Loutre Market opened in 1970.

Loutre Market continued to grow as the building was enlarged several times.  Loutre Market was always known as the "Land of high water and low prices".  Although low prices were an everyday occurrence, high water threatened the store four times.

 

The flood of 1986

The first major flood was in 1973.  In 1986, water crept to the front door step, but never reached the floor of the store.  The basement was full of water, but the store survived with limited damage.  In 1993, a major flood knocked out a large section of Highway 19 just south of the intersection with Highway 94.  Access to the store from the south was cut off for several months as Highway 19 was rebuilt.  In 1995, high waters threatened the store again, but no damage was done.  

On September 15, 2002, the building which housed Loutre Market since 1970, caught fire and was completely destroyed.  Bob and Carol were living upstairs in an apartment they had built in 1977 when the fire broke out.  They both escaped unharmed, but lost not only their business, but the vast majority of their personal belongings.

 

A very sad scene - September 15, 2002

Although Bob and Carol decided not to rebuild the store they owned for almost 40 years, the history of Loutre Market is not yet complete.  Bob and Carol have been instrumental in helping Erik and Melody Palladino with the re-opening of the store.  

 

The New Loutre Market - 2004

The new Loutre Market opened on December 5, 2003.  On June 10, 2004, Loutre Market celebrated 40 years of operation between the two store ownerships.  Each year, on the 2nd Friday and Saturday of June, Loutre Market celebrates with a Customer Appreciation Sale.   

With the continued support of the community, Loutre Market's future will be as "special" as it's past.

 


   

Employee of the Month


 

October 2017 

Morgan ForeeMorgan Foree


Morgan Foree

Carry-Out, Cashier
 

 


  

September 2017

Brandy RueggeBrandy Ruegge

 

Brandy Ruegge
Deli Worker 

 


 

August 2017

Cody HornCody Horn

 

Cody Horn
Carry-Out, Stocker, Cashier

 


 

July 2017

Lynn FuhrLynn Fuhr

 

Lynn Fuhr
Meat Department Manager

 


 

 

June 2017


Bruce Humphrey
Meat Department

 

 


 

 

May 2017

 

Dalton Bickmeyer

Carry-Out, Stocker, Cashier, Deli

 


 

 

April 2017

Randy DuckworthRandy Duckworth

Randy Duckworth
Meat Dept, Carry-Out, Stocker

 

 


 

 

 

March 2017

Kelsey HeadKelsey Head

 

Kelsey Head

Deli Manager

 


 

 

 February 2017

 

Carol Leech

Deli, Cashier, Stocker

 


 

January 2017


John Patton

Carry-Out/Stocker 

 


 

December 2016


Shorty Kiel
Carry-Out, Stocker, Cashier

 


 

 

 

 November 2016


Alex Gleeson
Deli/Cashier

 


 

 

October 2016

 

Ben Pottebaum
Carry-Out/Cashier/Deli

 


 

September 2016

 

Brandi Groves

Carry Out/Cashier

 


 

 

August 2016

 

 
Zach Cole

Carry Out/Cashier/Meat Dept.

 


 

July 2016

Michelle Gann
Deli

 


 

June 2016

Makinna Schneider
Cashier/Carry-Out

 


 

May 2016

 

Pam Byington
Cashier


 

April 2016

Shirley Duckworth
Deli


 

March 2016

Bruce Humphrey
Meat Department


 

February 2016

Diane Gleeson
Head Cashier


 

January 2016

Richard Jacquin
Carry-Out/Stocker