- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bitter legal dispute between a Louisiana supermarket chain and grocery distributor who cut ties in 2008 is scheduled for trial Monday in Thibodaux.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1vWSR1Q ) the issue is whether Rouses Enterprises was ousted improperly from membership in Associated Grocers in 2008 and whether it was compensated fairly for an ownership interest in the grocery distribution company.

Rouses is asking the judge to reinstate its membership in Associated Grocers. Associated Grocers unsuccessfully sought dismissal of the case.

Rouses Enterprises opened its first store in Houma in 1960. The family chain operates more than 40 Rouses grocery and prepared-food stores across southern Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Associated Grocers was founded in 1950. It has a membership of more than 220 “independent supermarkets in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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