A large crowd gathered for ground breaking ceremonies at a Wal-Mart construction site in New Orleans East.
The retail giant and grocery store is now being built at 1-10 and Bullard Avenue in New Orleans East.
Three hundred jobs will be created.
Plans to bring an outlet mall to the Six Flags site and blue prints to build Renaissance Town Center never happened.
Former city council woman Cynthia Willard-Lewis says broken commitments of the past are why people in New Orleans east are grateful for Wal-Mart today, “For keeping their promise and keeping their commitment.”
“They’re going to do fifty million dollars a year in retail. That’s a lot of tax dollars,” says Council member James Gray. “300 jobs that will be primarily local people from the local neighborhood.”
City leaders say clearing land for the New Orleans east Wal-Mart store means clearing the way for future economic development, “There is more to come so stay tuned,” says Willard-Lewis.
“You need to come back to New Orleans East we are booming,” says Gray
The New Orleans east Wal-Mart will open about a year from now.
A different new Wal-Mart in Gentilly will break ground this summer.