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Ribbon Cutting Walmart: Opening Day - A Game Changer in New Orleans East
NOLAEast.com Posted June 11, 2014    



6:00 AM - 10:00 PM


Monday - Sunday

  Where:  6000 Bullard Avenue
Southwest corner of I-10 and Bullard Ave.

504 434-6266

District E Councilman James Gray kicks off his shopping spree on opening day of the new Walmart store located at 6000 Bullard Avenue. The store's parking lot was at capacity an hour
before opening as residents turned out to welcome the giant retailer back home to New Orleans East. The Opening Day ribbon-cutting and fanfare began at 7:30 a.m. and included greetings from City and Walmart representatives. Byron Mercier, one of the last Walmart employees to help close and leave the store before hurricane Katrina, was joined by 12 other colleagues in welcoming visitors to the new facility.
“I remember the manager and the co-manager locking the last door right before the storm. I said, ‘I’ll see you back on Wednesday,"  “That Wednesday finally arrived.” Mercier said.

Before Katrina, Walmart was located at 6901 Bundy Road. The store was destroyed and never reopened. Six years later the company purchased property that formerly housed the Lakeland Medical Center at the corner of I-10 and Bullard Avenue and announced plans to return with an even larger Super Walmart store. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on April 29, 2013.

A solid symbol of recovery, the Walmart store will undoubtedly attract additional retailers to the area and generate a much needed economic impact for the community and for the city of New Orleans. At 177,000 square feet, it is one of the largest store sizes currently in the Walmart construction program. Community leaders from around the region were on hand for this important milestone in the East's recovery Before purchasing the Bullard site, Walmart had long promised to rebuild in New Orleans East, but had not immediately set a timeline for the development.

The store will provide more than 400 full-time and part-time jobs, 300 of them newly created. Some employees — including Mercier, who has worked at a Walmart store in Harahan since the storm — are transferring from other locations. Twenty-five of the store’s employees were working at the New Orleans East Wal-Mart when it closed after Katrina.

The supercenter sells groceries, general merchandise and includes a pharmacy. The store opens at 6:00 am.

Photos Left: Councilman James Gray kicks off shopping spree; Community leaders Noah Lewis, Eugene Green, Vincent Sylvain with Mayor Landrieu; Former Interim Councilman Ernest Charbonnet and wife Cathy; Community leader Tangy Wall poses with Mayor Landrieu while showing off her "Walmart Boots".
Photos Above L-R: Officials cut ribbon to open the store; Byron Mercier and colleagues provided greetings; Hundreds turn out welcome retailer's return; Community leaders gather inside the new Subway restaurant; Byron Mercier, Mayor Landrieu, Sylvia Richards (ENONAC), Mike Nowell (store manger) and Joan Heiser (ENONAC) on hand for the opening festivities.









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