Sterling Express will open fresh-food store in New Orleans

A proposed change to city law that would allow gas stations on Tchoupitoulas Street in the Lower Garden District failed to find support Monday evening among members of the Coliseum Square Association, but the Sterling Express fresh-food store planned for one intersection there will press forward with its opening whether its fuel pumps are approved by the City Council or not, developers told the group.

Sterling Express is a new concept for New Orleans being developed by actor Wendell Pierce and former mayoral candidate Troy Henry to bring more diverse, healthier food options to areas underserved by grocery stores. The stores also attempt to reduce one of the classic costs of being poor - higher prices for food charged in quick stops - by offering the food items at grocery-store prices, development partners Jim Hatchett and Brandon Henry (Troy's son) told the association.

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