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Booth's Grocery: A staple in Grand Chenier

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CAMERON PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Ella "T-Mae" Booth opened Booth's Grocery store in Grand Chenier in 1957. Now, 56 years later, the store continues to be a staple in the Cameron Parish community.

T-Mae got the idea to open the store after her uncle's store was destroyed by Hurricane Audrey.

"He didn't want to reopen the store, so we decided that we're going to try it," said T-Mae.  "That's what we did ..."

In the 56 years Booth's has been around, it's had its fair share of adversity. Especially in 2005 when Hurricane Rita obliterated much of Cameron Parish. 

"When you come back and don't have nothing left, my home and my store was all gone, it was only pieces of rubble left ... it was something," explained T-Mae. 

Unlike the thousands who didn't return to Cameron, T-Mae did. Re-opening the store gave her something to do, she said.

"I enjoy being with people and if I didn't, I wasn't just going to sit in a house by myself," she said. 

Today, it's the only convenience store of its kind for miles. Providing the essentials of a basic truck pit stop, a bait and tackle store and the place to pick up household items.  

The store even has some national recognition, being the subject of a video on YouTube with over one million hits. You can watch the YouTube video in the frame within this story.

T-Mae is 85 years old and said she has many more years to put into the store. 

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