New Black Owned Grocery Store By Former NFL Great Opens

Fulfilling A Need…….

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A new Black owned grocery store owned by former NFL superstar, Tyrone Legette, has been officially opened in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The grocery store is located in the exact spot where a Winn Dixie stood before it closed fifteen years ago.

As a child growing up in Columbia, South Carolina, Tyrone Legette remembers watching his family pull money together in order to take on small development projects. “They bought properties, fixed them up and would put them back in commerce in different communities,” Legette says, adding that when he wasn’t playing football as a child, he was on a construction site. That’s why starting a construction business seemed like a natural fit after his pro football career. Legette got his start in the NFL by playing cornerback for the New Orleans Saints from 1992 to 1995. He played for several other teams before retiring in 1998, but he always called the Crescent City home. Shortly after launching Legette Construction Inc. there in 1999, he found his niche working with nonprofits to build entire subdivisions aimed at first-time homebuyers. “Being a young kid, we always owned our property with everything we did. That stuck with me and made me want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to do the same.”save a lot

Fulfilling A Void

After nearly 20 years in business in New Orleans, Legette saw an opportunity to enter the Baton Rouge market last year by opening a Save-A-Lot grocery store in North Baton Rouge with the hope of bringing relief to an area that has been identified as a food desert. “There is nothing that I do in life that will not better a family, so the new Black owned grocery store was another aspect of that. I want to save people money on their mortgage, but I also want to save them money on their food.” In that way, Legette feels he is helping families better fulfill their two most basic necessities: housing and food. As owner of the store, Legette now splits his time between his construction business and managing the grocery business. “Being an athlete, I have to have a lot of stuff going on in my head. I have to be multitasking, so it works for me.”

Needless to say, the new Black owned grocery store (Save-A-Lot), has exciting times ahead and it undoubtedly provides a platform to the locals as well as those who truly support black economic development to show support by example.

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14 Comments

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    Anthony W.
    November 5, 2016

    We need more of our professional athletes to do this in the community. Thanks for this story……..

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    Anne Denley
    November 5, 2016

    God bless you. much success!

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    Alethia Cassimy
    November 6, 2016

    Excellent job. If 1 celebrity can do this in each state it will make a difference.

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    Elaine Washington
    November 6, 2016

    I’m happy to see that this athlete gives back in a way that will help so many others. I wish him much success in this venture and future ones.

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    Seana Goodson
    November 6, 2016

    Great news!!! Way to go Ty! We need more atheists like him!

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    Seana Goodson
    November 6, 2016

    Great news!!! Way to go Ty! We need more athletes like him!!! (Sorry for typo in previous post)

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    Barbara
    November 6, 2016

    Thanks for the info. Great for business.

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    Jules Twine
    November 6, 2016

    We are proud of you and your accomplishments back home in Columbia!
    (Julie Odom)

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    Sheila Davis (Bouknight)
    November 6, 2016

    Congrats Tyrone. It’s always a Blessing to give back. Much success to you and keep on Blessing and it’ll return 10’s fold.

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    Tor Steinke
    November 6, 2016

    Hand Hornets are proud. Wish I new you were in New Orleans, I was there from ’96 til ’01. Saw you play in Boulder while I was at U of Colorado. Love what you are doing.

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    Angela
    November 6, 2016

    Congrats and wishing you much success!????From Columbia SC and Hand Middle School!

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    Kimberley Sanders
    November 6, 2016

    Many Blessings to you Ty!!!! Hope to see you back in Columbia one day. Still a Saints Fan!!!!! #WHODAT

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    Arnold L Pierce
    November 7, 2016

    Again some one who does for self but also empowers the community around him that he serves.We have a long tradition of doing for self.This is not the narrative that we don’t get from the politlcal cycle.I don’t here that from one candidate on particular.He sounds eerily like the author of Mein Kampf.

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    Deb Dunklin
    November 10, 2016

    Congrats to you Sir. I shop your store frequently. Glad to have you in the community. Wishing you continued success

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