It's a critical year for the Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk. It has new owners and in 2014, it’s trying to attract new tenants.
Its General Manager Bill McFadden is trying to fill more than a dozen vacancies. He's not releasing who is coming to town, but we could see construction for some high end shops by March.
“We're going after a lot of the national names that you see in the finer outlet shopping centers,” said McFadden. “We’re just not prepared to put any of those names out in the public yet.”
Currently, there are 14 vacancies, including this Maidenform which closed days ago.
“Deals are being worked out as we speak,” said McFadden. “We’ll begin to see some of the new construction as early as first quarter 2014. “
New stores are expected to open this summer. McFadden said some store leases will not be renewed.
The eight year old trolley is also up in the air.
“The Magnolia Bell is having some mechanical issues,” said McFadden. “She’s out of service right now. We're hoping to get parts for her because she was custom built for the Boardwalk. If we can get her back in shape, yes she will be returning. “
Garrison Investment Group took over the property in March 2013.
"Garrison Development is a very well capitalized firm….so I don’t think money is going to be an issue as we move forward with the redevelopment of this property.”
So far, the firm has spent nearly a half a million dollars on landscaping and holiday lighting, hoping a refined curb appeal will draw new shoppers and stores.
The Boardwalk isn’t the only one shopping for tenants. Mall St. Vincent is undergoing major renovations. Pierre-Bossier Mall officials tell NBC 6 Forever 21 is coming to the mall by the end of March.