Waveland recently solved theirs with last weeks announcement that Claiborne Hill was coming to town though the insurance plan was not made public. Thanks to Editilla I noted our friends in New Orleans are having the same problem in parts of town. In the case of the Marigny and Bywater residents who shopped at the now destroyed Roberts Fresh Market on St Claude Ave., grocery shopping means taking a hike over the industrial canal to St Bernard.
Our readers may remember we’ve mentioned the Roberts grocery store chain on Slabbed before in connection with a large verdict in their favor against United Fire and Casualty Company. To their credit UFCC didn’t try to BS the reason they drug their feet on a legit wind claim as the company admitted in court they “delayed and refused to make payments because of the financial stress put on that company because they didn’t purchase enough reinsurance…”
Of course UFCC wanted Robert’s money up front in the form of insurance premium and it is an insurance dispute that is keeping residents of the Marigny and Bywater grocery store deprived as this article in City Business makes clear:
“The area is in tremendous need of a full-service grocery store,” Carter said. “We’ve been working pretty hard for some time now trying to help that process along.”
Robert said he has every intention of re-opening his Marigny store. He said his lease on the property is good for another 30 years.
The grocer has opened three other stores since Katrina. Stores at 5016 W. Esplanade Ave. in Metairie and at 135 Robert E. Lee Blvd. in Lakeview reopened in 2005 and 2007, respectively, while a new location at 8115 S. Claiborne Ave. in New Orleans opened about three months ago.
But before any construction can begin on the St. Claude site, a legal dispute that reportedly centers on insurance coverage on the property must be settled.
Robert declined to elaborate on the details of the dispute, except to say a hearing on the matter is scheduled for early next year.
Three years and counting fighting over insurance; the continuing story of our post Katrina coast.