Lishman’s City Market fills the gap left by Frank’s

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 14, 2008

Welcome Bobby Lishman!

If you have noticed, the former Frank’s Supermarket on Airline Highway is back open again, and it is being operated by an old friend of mine.

Lishman’s City Market is open for business seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. Just a walk into the front door tells you something is vastly different, since the store is clean as a whistle and clearly has a bright, new atmosphere to it.

For those of you who have kept good notes on my columns—and I hope that means a lot of you folks—I was in St. Tammany Parish for over 30 years before coming here in 2004.

Just so happens a fellow named Bobby Lishman was a local grocery store guy over in St. Tammany, owning and operating two stores, with one in Slidell and one in Lacombe.

Bobby is now the proud owner of Lishman’s City Market here in LaPlace, and is one of those true, local grocery store men who prides himself on having clean stores with great service and competitive prices.

I keep saying how amazed I am that we have so many local, independent grocery stores here, which all have thrived and done well. But it just goes to show that the so-called “little guys” can compete against the so-called “big guys” by offering great service, good prices and a nice environment to shop in.

Welcome to LaPlace, Bobby!

One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex standing in the foyer of the church staring up at a large plaque. It was covered with names and small American flags mounted on either side of it.

The six-year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the little boy, and said quietly, ‘Good morning Alex.’

‘Good morning Pastor,’ he replied, still focused on the plaque. ‘Pastor, what is this?’

The pastor said, ‘Well son, it’s a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service.’

Soberly, they just stood together, staring at the large plaque.

Finally, little Alex’s voice, barely audible and trembling with fear asked, ‘Which service, the 8:30 or the 10:45?’

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That we don’t have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

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That no matter how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

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That true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love

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That you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

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That it’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

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That you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

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That you can keep going long after you think you can’t.

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That we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

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That either you control your attitude or it controls you.

Kevin Chiri is Publisher of L’Observateur and can be reached at (985) 652-9545 or at