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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 current 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


August 2020

Ashley OberhausAshley Oberhaus

Ashley Oberhaus
Cashier, Deli & Meat Department



July 2020

Justus WallerJustus Waller

Justus Waller



June 2020

Hunter ForeeHunter Foree

Hunter Foree


May 2020

Cody Bruckerhoff
Carry-Out, Stocker, Deli



April 2020

Ron RuggRon Rugg

 Ron Rugg
Deli, Stocker



March 2020

Lance LewisLance Lewis

 Lance Lewis

Carry-Out, Stocker, Cashier



February 2020

 Kim Dothage

Produce Manager



January 2020

Angie Lewis 

Meat Dept. Manager



December 2019


Andrew Weeks

Deli Worker 



November 2019

Korinna Bickmeyer

Cashier & Deli


October 2019


Marisa Starke
Cashier and Carry-Out



September 2019

Danielle Head

Deli and Cashier



August 2019

Cody Niederhelm

Assistant Manager



July 2019

Tyler Hartman

Carry-Out, Cashier




June 2019

Baylee StarkeBaylee Starke

Baylee Starke






May 2019

Angie LewisAngie Lewis

Angie Lewis

Deli & Meat Department




April 2019

 Brandy Ruegge

Deli Worker




March 2019

Cody Horn

Deli & Carry-Out




February 2019


Hannah Duckworth
Carry-Out & Cashier


January 2019

Andrew WeeksAndrew Weeks

Andrew Weeks

Deli Worker