The New Orleans area is seeing a surge in big box stores, as the Crescent City's growth continues following a long recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
Costco is now officially on it's way to Carrollton and I-10, but that's just part of the big box retail headed this way. Walmart is also taking an interest in New Orleans growth projections.
"We've entered into an agreement to purchase land from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority. And we're looking to bring a store, bring 300 jobs and develop to the former Gentilly Woods Mall site." Spokesman Daniel Morales says this is in addition to another Walmart headed for I-10 and Bullard in New Orleans East, also slated to open in the fall of 2013.
Could the surge in big box retail locally could lead to further developments. Walmart spokesman Daniel Morales thinks so, especially around the new store now slated for I-10 and Bullard.
It's been a tough road back to normalcy and parts of New Orleans have been sorely under served, especially when it comes to access to fresh fruits or vegetables. Morales says this will allow these residents to have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, something that's been lacking especially in the east and also lower prices.
But not everybody's always happy to see a new Walmart store. "Residents may in some places have a number of options of available. But they're not always the healthiest options or the most affordable options. And the fact is made clear every time we open a new store thousands of local residents show their support by shopping at our stores."
The new huge Costco Discount Warehouse will be opening next year on Carrollton and I-10.