Tuesday, June 30, 2009
New Orleans TV station WDSU reports Nord du Lac, a major lifestyle retail center which was going to have about 100 stores, will not open in March as planned. The report says the buildings that have been completed are simply being mummified in Tyvek - only to be unwrapped when the economy begins to recover. There are also concerns about the fate of a very similar project (called Summit Fremeaux) in Slidell, where construction is in more preliminary stages.
Even though I do believe the post-Katrina Northshore market was over-hyped, I think the slowdown on these two projects can be mostly attributed to skittish national retailers. Both projects are coming from respectable national retail developers. But right now, no one wants to expand.
The only similar property that was even proposed in Lafayette, was the development of the huge chunk of land at the Ambassador Caffery / Kaliste Saloom intersection. River Ranch developer Robert Daigle, who was also trying to create an outdoor mall at that site tells me all plans are on hold until the national retailers decide they want to once again grow.
Friday, June 26, 2009
The large space on Kaliste Saloom Rd. at the front of the development has been empty since it has been built. Daigle says he was approached by a number of retailers who asked to divide up the building, but he wanted to lease it as a whole slot.
Also, Bella Figura's replacement will open in about four weeks in the City Club building at River Ranch's main square. City Club Bar and Grill will be a members-only restaurant with a Pat Mould-crafted menu. Daigle says the menu and feel of the restaurant will be much like the first City Club restaurant that opened in that space when the entire facility first opened a few years ago.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Maurice residents will soon get a new place to buy pretty much anything. Dollar General is building a new store on Hwy. 167 just south of Hwy. 92. The site is next door to Mr. Keet's seafood restaurant with a Family Dollar two doors down.
Recent growth has brought new suburban-style residential development to the Maurice / Northern Vermilion Parish area, and these folks need somewhere to shop.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Cane's continues its march to worldwide domination by opening a store in Broussard. The newest Acadiana location will be in front of the new Wal-Mart and Home Depot on St. Nazaire Rd. The Louisiana-based chicken tender chain has three locations in Lafayette, one in New Iberia, and one on the way in Opelousas.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Candy Craze is located next to the Gap, and is joined by new mall tenants Yankee Candle Company and Sephora.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
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I always thought it was a strange place to build a halfway house. The building pictured above was designed to look like a residential home, but was built in an office park on La Rue France - directly across the Vermilion River from the Hilton. Now the building has been bought by a group of local professionals, and its new use will fit in with the neighbors.
Lafayette architect Andrew Perrin tells me he designed the changes that are under construction right now to turn the building into office space for his firm, Perrin & Associates, and his father's law firm - Perrin, Landry, deLaunay, Dartez and Ouellet. The law firm is moving from just a few doors down.
Andrew Perrin says a change in government funding for halfway houses sank the business model of the building's previous owners. The firms should move in some time this summer.
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Tuesday, June 9, 2009
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Monday, June 8, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
The chain currently has restaurants in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas. Their menu is pretty standard - but the corn pudding and BBQ shrimp are unique offerings.