Businesses being added to Lafayette Parish

The new Broussard Hampton Inn celebrated its grand opening on Thursday evening with music and food, but the business is one of many to open its doors in Lafayette parish.

The hotel is 100% non smoking with 84 rooms and 1,200 square feet of meeting and lobby space.  The hotel will cater to young travelers.

Ricky Patel, owner of Broussard Hampton Inn explains, “So when they walk in to the hotel room they can find charging stations everywhere. The new design scheme which is everything white so it looks clean and bright.”

On Thursday morning, Stirling Properties and CBL Inc. broke ground at Ambassador Town Center located on the corner of Ambassador Caffrey Parkway and Kaliste Saloom Road.  The 58 acre site will include a Costco, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshalls, and Panera Bread among other businesses.

Ryan Pecot with Stirling Properties says, “They don’t have to go to Baton Rouge for Costco they don’t have to go to Houston for Nordstrom those things are going to be here so we get to keep those dollars in our community funding the public school system and our roads and infrastructure.”

Just down the road from Ambassador Town Center, Drago’s, a popular New Orleans “mom and pop” oyster bar plans to open a Lafayette location. The website “Developing Lafayette” says the restaurant will set up shop in the La Marquise building on Kaliste Saloom which could open sometime late this summer.  All the new development in Lafayette Parish is exciting news for local residents.

Callie Laviolette has lived in Lafayette all her life. She says, “Every time you turn a corner there’s a new restaurant a new business, something local coming. Its just great to see that happening here It gives opportunity to people working here and all the growth that Lafayette is going to see because of it and it gives options to resident who live locally or near the area.”

Last year the Lafayette Economic Development Authority reported $6.4 billion in retail sales for Lafayette Parish.

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