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Robert Cormier

A native of Scott, Louisiana, Robert Cormier grew up in a household that followed the Cajun boucherie tradition, wherein families slaughtered hogs out of necessity. When he got older, Robert decided to become a barber. Meanwhile, his cousin, Lawrence Menard, worked as a butcher. In 1975, Robert changed professions and opened Robert’s Super-Rite in Lafayette. In the 1980s, the tradition of family boucheries was beginning to fade away, right as Cajun culture began getting more attention. Robert and Lawrence saw an opportunity. They decided to focus together on the specialty meat business, supplying boudin, sausage, and cracklins to the surrounding community. In 1986, they opened The Best Stop in their hometown of Scott. Today, it’s not just their neighbors lining up for a few hot links; customers from all over purchase about 10,000 pounds of boudin from them each week.

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