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Sterling Farms Grocery Store In Marrero Closing

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The Sterling Farms grocery store opened last year with great fanfare, with one of its goals to bring fresh produce to New Orleans' food deserts.

The Sterling Farms grocery store in Marrero co-owned by actor Wendell Pierce is closing just one year after opening, the Times-Picayune reports.

Best-known for his roles in the cable TV series The Wire and Treme, Pierce has said that one of his most important goals with opening the market was to place fresh produce in urban “food deserts” where it was not otherwise available.

First Lady Michelle Obama had visited the store last July after making an address in New Orleans on nutrition and obesity.

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