BATON ROUGE, La. — Thibodaux-based Rouses Markets is increasing its presence in the Baton Rouge area.

The Advocate reports ( ) that the grocery chain is acquiring the nine locations of LeBlanc’s Food Stores.

LeBlanc’s has two stores in Gonzales, and one each in Baton Rouge, Prairieville, Zachary, Donaldsonville, Plaquemine, Plattenville and Hammond.

The deal will give Thibodaux-based Rouses 54 locations, including 10 in metro Baton Rouge. Financial details were not disclosed.

Donny Rouse, managing partner of Rouses, said his family and the LeBlancs have similar values and a dedication to buying local and supporting local fishermen and farmers.

“This really is a perfect fit,” Rouse said.

The deal had been in the works since the summer.

Rouses has grown since 2007 through acquisitions of Sav-A-Center, Choice Supermarkets and Belle Foods.

Rouse said the LeBlanc’s acquisition is a little different.

“This is not a turnaround,” Rouse said. “None of the stores are in poor condition. The LeBlancs have done a great job operating them and they hired great team members. That makes it a little easier to go forward.”

Plans call for some remodeling, expanding the perishable and seafood departments and adding rooms to boil seafood.

Rouse said all current LeBlanc’s employees will have the option to remain with Rouses. Rouse said he doesn’t know yet if there will be any additional hiring to staff the expanded departments.

“We won’t know until we get into the stores,” he said. “They were kind of our competitors so we weren’t able to get into the stores and study them.”