The Times-Picayune is reporting that Walmart is buying land at I-10 and Bullard Avenue and plans to open at 180,000-square-foot Supercenter in the fall of 2013
The new store, which will be built on land formerly occupied by Lakeland Medical Center, brings Walmart back to New Orleans East after a six-year absence and helps address the lack of retail and grocery options in that section of the city.
According to the Times-Picayune, Tice White, a spokesman for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said his company had been looking for a prime location in the east since Hurricane Katrina. The new store, called the New Orleans East Walmart, will be larger and more accessible than the location Walmart had before the storm at 6901 Bundy Road, he said. Even though the company purchased the Bundy Road property, it ultimately decided against the site and has been trying to sell the parcel ever since.
Company officials said the Bullard Avenue project will not affect plans for a Walmart in the former Gentilly Woods plaza, largely because it views eastern New Orleans and Gentilly as distinct markets.
There are currently 104 Walmart-owned locations in Louisiana: 80 supercenters, six neighborhood markets, four discount stores, 12 Sam’s Clubs, and two distribution centers. Those locations employ a total of 35,000 associates, the company said.