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Lafourche Parish native Jaedon Burregi channeled his strength in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, and dreamed big, to breathe life back into his community.
The South Lafourche High School, and Nicholls State University graduate is carrying the torch passed down by his father, and grandfather at Galliano Fresh Market. Formerly known as Galliano Food Store, the locally owned grocery store has served residents of Lafourche Parish since 1976. Originally opened by Jaedon’s grandfather and uncle, the family grocery is now owned and operated by Jaedon and his father. A family journey that began over 40 years ago is still a family affair. “My mom, dad and I are here helping with the daily operations. We plan to keep it family owned and open for the years to come,” said Jaedon.
While being an entrepreneur and grocer wasn’t always on Jaedon’s list of aspirations, the businessman has certainly made a positive impact in South Lafourche. Jaedon recalls his original plans of becoming a scientist when he enrolled at Nicholls. After realizing how much of an impact the family owned store had on the community, Jaedon changed his major to marketing, and found his calling in his family’s roots.
Over the years Galliano Fresh Market has weathered its fair share of storms. In 2008 the store suffered severe damage to its roof following Hurricane Gustav. Thirteen years later, the store faced devastation again when Hurricane Ida made landfall on August 29, 2021 leaving behind severe water and roof damage. Jaedon and his team worked diligently to reopen the only grocery store in the Galliano community. As they faced the monumental task of rebuilding, Jaedon wanted to create something special for his community. On Tuesday, August 16, 2022, the store reopened and wowed the community as Galliano Fresh Market. The staff greeted customers and emotional South Lafourche residents perused the store taking in the market’s exceptional appearance and selection. “During the storm we lost our entire roof; when you walked in you saw daylight. For eleven months, we’ve been working and waiting,” Jaedon shared.
“It’s a unique feeling being able to come back to a community that appreciates a locally owned store. We are the only locally owned store in the area, and it’s unique that we can actually say we live here, and we wanted to bring it back,” he shared. Since the store’s reopening, the community has shown tremendous support and gratitude. Jaedon shared that everyone jumped right back into the swing of things and business is going well.
Powered with his passion for being local and improving the quality of life in his community, Jaedon has big plans for the Lafourche Plaza Shopping Center, where Galliano Fresh Market is located, as well as his events center Main Street Events Venue. “Now that we’re back up and running, we want to take the shopping center and bring some attention to this town,” Jaedon said. The entrepreneur shared plans for transforming the shopping center to give it more of a downtown feel, adding a farmer’s market on Saturdays with live music, pop up shops, and more. In the future, Jaedon also has plans to add a second Fresh Market location to better serve the community. “We are here to stay and look forward to serving the Galliano, and South Lafourche community for another 46 years,” Jaedon said with a smile.
Photo by Channing Candies