There’s an economic boom in north Shreveport and Bossier City. Big box stores are coming their way.
Bossier City officials announced progress in plans for Kroger to locate a new store on Airline Drive between Wal-Mart and Home Depot.
Bossier City spokesman Mark Natale said Kroger officials will be at the city council meeting on Feb. 4 to highlight their proposal.
“As part of this proposal, the city would be making a multimillion dollar investment for infrastructure, and also that would include the construction of a traffic relief road.”
The road would run behind the shopping center and connect to Viking Drive. Because the proposal involves city funding, the council will have to approve it in order for the project to move forward.
Construction is already underway for a new Sam’s Club on Beene Boulevard in Bossier City. It’s expected to open late this summer and bring 200 jobs to the area.
In North Shreveport, a Wal-Mart Supercenter is in the works. Caddo Commissioner Lyndon Johnson said the project has been in the making for more than a decade but it appears it’s finally coming to fruition.
“I’m happy it’s coming. It’s going to be an economic stimulus to this area,” said Johnson.
According to Johnson, the opening of I-49 spurred Wal-Mart to finally move to the area. The project still has some hurdles to clear; it needs to go before the Zoning Board, and an access road off of Roy Road needs to be approved by the Caddo Commission.
Officials hope the store will open early 2015. It’s expected to bring 200 jobs to the area, and generate $700,000 in sales tax revenue for the parish.