LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Just north of I-10 on Ryan Street, what once was the Mayflower Moving Company will now be a new food hall.
Developer Bob Holland says it will be similar to White Star Market in Baton Rouge and St. Roch Market in New Orleans.
Holland says with tens of thousands of cars passing that area on the interstate each day, it’s a prime location.
“Those 80,000 cars a day represent $1.67 billion of retail and restaurant revenue that Lake Charles is not receiving," Holland said. "We think with the exit we’ve got, the exchange we are located in, we’re really at the gateway to Lake Charles.”
Holland says the dining hall addition marks another investment in the city’s revitalization efforts for downtown Lake Charles.
“Mayor Nic Hunter was very supportive about what we are doing. In fact, he had been looking into food halls, but never considered this location," Holland said. "The city, Mayor Nic Hunter, City Council, and the Parish planning people have been nothing but supportive and I owe them a debt of gratitude.”
Holland says after the groundbreaking in July, it will take around a year to complete the renovations, saying Southwest Louisiana residents, as well as those just passing through, can expect the food hall to be open in 2020.