AEDC announces new developments coming to Gonzales

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Photo of past Kmart store, which AEDC says will be redeveloped to include several retail outlets.

The Ascension Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) welcomes a distillery and new retailers to the city of Gonzales.

Sugarfield Spirits, a planned 5,000 sq. ft. distillery that will use locally grown sugarcane to make vodka, rum and gin to open in 2019. Conveniently located between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the City of Gonzales is a great location for distillery and brewery locations, allowing for an additional tourism opportunity.

“Sugarfield Spirits is planning to break ground on our distillery in early 2019. We look forward to planting roots in Gonzales and flourishing within the Ascension Parish community “said Thomas Soltau, owner of Sugarfield Spirits.

City officials and AEDC frequently market Gonzales for additional retail opportunities. In 2018 the city has commitments for redevelopment within two shopping centers with new retailers. The Eastbank Shopping Center will redevelop 28,000 sq. ft. to be home to Ollies bargain outlet in 2019. Ollie’s is a popular and rapidly growing chain with more than 200 locations across the nation.

Additionally, the old Kmart shopping center will be redeveloped to potentially include an Ulta Beauty, Marshalls, Ross Dress for Less, and Five below.

“These redevelopments are valued at over $10.5M and show the attractiveness of the City of Gonzales to investors. The city council and I are committed to working with AEDC to encourage investment in every part of our city,” Mayor Barney Arceneaux said.

The City of Gonzales Council recently adopted a Strategic Plan that sees plans for Economic Development, Transportation, Education, Workforce Development, Quality of Life and Infrastructure laid out until the year 2025.

“These announcements are symbolic of the results we are working to achieve for Gonzales. Increasing quality of life, entertainment options, adding jobs, and growing tax revenue” said Kate MacArthur, President and CEO of AEDC.

Contributed by Ascension Economic Development Corp.