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pseudo3d
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Continuing from an RetailWatchers discussion, where were the Real Superstore locations?

Here's the ones I know of:
Lafayette - 3141 Johnston Street. Closed presumably 1997 (maybe sooner) and was torn down in 2003 for a movie theater (Grand Theatres 16), later notorious for "Trainwreck" shooting
Baton Rouge - 8000 Greenwell Springs. Closed 1997 and opened sometime in the 1980s...the other store was built as a Schwegmann. [http://business.highbeam.com/436962/art ... uge-stores]
New Orleans - 2424 Manhattan. Opened 2/88 (per commercial), rebranded as Schwegmann in probably 1996, later Sav-a-Center (closed 2007), now Hobby Lobby and YouFit Health Clubs (Panera Bread has the address as well though it is not part of the building)

Another Superstore opened in early 1992 at 4500 Tchoupitoulas Street in a converted building. This was also known as Real Uptown Superstore though I don't think that appeared on the outside. This article mentions it was the fifth store in New Orleans, though it might have been fifth in the chain. The square footage appears to have been much smaller than the others unless they actually used the upper level.

There was a second Superstore that opened prior to Manhattan, but I can't find it...
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Schwegmann never rebranded the stores. They stayed The Real Superstore until the end.

2424 Manhattan wasn't in New Orleans. It's in Harvey, a town on the Westbank in Jefferson Parish.

There was a New Orleans store called The Real Superstore Express that was on Crowder Blvd. just south of I-10 in New Orleans East. It was torn down prior to Hurricane Katrina. It's on the left side if you look at Google Maps just south of I-10.

The Tchopitoulas store is now a Rouses. It was far smaller than the previous stores.
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Was Crowder the first Real Superstore in the New Orleans area? The one in Manhattan was the second one, opening in 1988. Unless the Crowder one rebranded as "Express" later...
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I am not sure; I know that Manhattan, Baton Rouge and Lafayette were all relatively identical visually. The rear configuration was different on each. Lafayette had three different loading docks, for sure; one on each end and a dual set in the middle. Crowder was more like a St. Louis National store with the glass-looking hexagonal front overhang. Tchopitoulas was an old warehouse, and we've seen pictures of it.
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Is it possible that a large Canal Villere/National may have expanded to Real Superstore later? Compared to Walmart Supercenter stores of today or the big 1980s hypermarkets, they weren't that big (about 70k square feet, at least the Baton Rouge one was). There probably is one store missing...
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If there were only 5-6, We've named 5. The 6th one is the mystery store. I don't know that there were 6. Toward that time, National was starting to wind down it's US operations quickly.
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wnetmacman wrote:If there were only 5-6, We've named 5. The 6th one is the mystery store. I don't know that there were 6. Toward that time, National was starting to wind down it's US operations quickly.
It would've been one of the first, not one of the last. The Manhattan store was the second one in the New Orleans area as per the commercial (unless they counted the Baton Rouge store as the first, but that's a stretch). Like I said, I don't think it was the first Real Superstore that came in with pomp and circumstance, it may have been an expanded Canal Villere or National store.
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