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Society of St. Vincent de Paul shutters Government St. store

Posted March 1, 2019 at 12:00 am

By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator 

A Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s retail outlet in Baton Rouge closed its doors in January after the property was sold to a new owner, according to executive director Michael Acaldo.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul closed the doors on its Government Street retail store location in Baton Rouge in January. The closure came as a result of the property being sold to a new owner. </span Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator

 

The store has been a fixture on Government Street since 2003 but St. Vincent de Paul director Michael Acaldo said the store

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    The Catholic Commentator 

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    The Catholic Commentator

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    The Catholic Commentator 

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    The Catholic Commentator 

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    The Catholic Commentator

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    The Catholic Commentator

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    The Catholic Commentator  

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    The Catholic Commentator 

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    The Catholic Commentator

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    The Catholic Commentator  

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