Booth's Grocery: A staple in Grand Chenier - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Booth's Grocery: A staple in Grand Chenier

Posted: Updated:
  • More Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Training device causes stir in Ragley

    Training device causes stir in Ragley

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:35 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:35:52 GMT
    A device used in explosive ordnance training caused quite a stir in Ragley Wednesday morning.More >>
    A device used in explosive ordnance training caused quite a stir in Ragley Wednesday morning.More >>
  • BREAKING: Suspect in 2008 death, rape of Lake Charles woman in custody

    BREAKING: Suspect in 2008 death, rape of Lake Charles woman in custody

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:18:15 GMT
    Jose Manuel Garcia-Guevara, the man wanted in connection with the 2008 murder and rape of a Lake Charles woman, has been captured and is in custody in Calcasieu Parish.More >>
    Jose Manuel Garcia-Guevara, the man wanted in connection with the 2008 murder and rape of a Lake Charles woman, has been captured and is in custody in Calcasieu Parish.More >>
  • BP claim forms circulating in LC area

    BP claim forms circulating in LC area

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:34 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:34:57 GMT
    Over the last couple of weeks someone has been circulating so-called BP oil claim forms in the Lake Charles area. While man, if not most medical claims associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have been settled, someone is holding meetings around the Lake area trying to get people to sign up. But they're not too forthcoming when it comes to saying who they are or who they represent. Last week there were crowds at Miss Street Church of Christ during various times of the day."People ther...More >>
    Over the last couple of weeks someone has been circulating so-called BP oil claim forms in the Lake Charles area. While man, if not most medical claims associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have been settled, someone is holding meetings around the Lake area trying to get people to sign up. But they're not too forthcoming when it comes to saying who they are or who they represent. Last week there were crowds at Miss Street Church of Christ during various times of the day."People ther...More >>
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. 

Copyright 2013 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

Powered by WorldNow