Angela Hill: New Orleans - A Shopping Mecca Again?
Angela@wwl.com - 10.7.13 Canal Street used to be the shopping mecca for not only New Orleanians, but area residents who wanted a special shopping experience. Those days are sadly gone…gone with the family owned stores where memories were made and sales tax dollars collected.
The last 30 years shopping shifted to the suburbs…the malls as well as the large parking lots and the big box stores. And with them all the sales tax dollars New Orleans so desperately needs.
But, like a breath of fresh air, new stores are coming back to town. The Riverwalk is bringing in what they call a high end outlet mall anchored by a Neiman Marcus first call store. Costco opened its first store off Carrollton Avenue. A whole food market is almost completed on North Broad. Walmart is building two new stores--one in Gentilly…the other in New Orleans East.
And on the West Bank…a Petco, a Ross Clothing store and a Mattress Firm will be right off General DeGaulle.
Will New Orleanians support the new stores? Will residents from outlying parishes come shopping? The signs are good and the tax money could be even better. And, we need it.
For every pot hole and street light out….the solution is more revenue to get them fixed.
More shopping sprees in New Orleans could be a very good thing.
Today I was joined on "An Open Mind" by Brenda Canada, Director of Retail Attraction with the New Orleans Business Alliance and Aimee Quirk, advisor to Mayor Landrieu on economic development. We discussed the need to expand shopping and retail opportunities in New Orleans, and what it means for our continued recovery. Click here to listen to the podcast of our conversation....