I don't usually talk about the openings and closings of individual businesses, but there are some noteworthy developments which deserve a spotlight.
First, Lake Charles. As the city begins its economic boom, no surprise much of it is happening in the path of suburban sprawl. There is much anticipation in South Lake Charles over the construction of a massive new upscale Kroger store on Nelson Road. That one will replace the smaller store currently located nearby on McNeese.
The Kroger store which has been the subject of much speculation is the old one on 12th Street. Would Kroger shut it down too? Well, this week I got confirmation that the 12th Street Kroger will not only continue serving its surrounding neighborhoods, but is slated for a major capital upgrade next year. Easy access to full-line grocery stores and pharmacies which compete with one another is one of those fundamentals that keeps central cities thriving.
We want to take a moment to thank Kroger, Brookshire and other companies for making major commitments to our core towns and cities.
These are chains that operate under tight fiscal guidelines, and they wouldn't be making these investments if they didn't think they'd pay off. But their presence close to our downtowns helps ensure we don't wind up with "doughnut cities," and creates a vibrant and better Southwest Louisiana.