New shopping coming to Gonzales

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRonTalley
Rendering of the Gonzales Shopping Center

Despite the quarrels at City Hall over planning, zoning and economic development, the City of Gonzales continues to grow. Monday, a Louisiana based I-10 Hospitality, LLC, a restaurant, hotel, and gaming management company broke ground with Mayor Barney Arceneaux and others at the Cabela’s Parkway for a 15,000 square foot shopping center.

“We are very excited that our newest project will be in Gonzales,” Geno Iafrate said about the shopping center. “We love this community and this fantastic location. The addition of these two restaurants and four retailers should be a perfect fit for this rapidly growing area.”

The site is located just off Interstate 10 and Highway 30 at Exit 177 near the Tanger Outlet Mall and Cabela’s. The first restaurant within the center is scheduled to open before Christmas 2014. The site sits on 2.5 acres and the opening of the shopping center is expected to add more than 100 permanent jobs to Gonzales.

Mayor Arceneaux said he’s very happy and excited to see more development coming to the City of Gonzales.

“This area or corridor, you can look around and tell the growth is really starting up,” Mayor Arceneaux said. “It means a lot to have more shopping for our citizens, more restaurants for our citizens and certainly more tax base buildup.”

Tyler Conover, Chief Marketing Officer for I-10 Hospitality, said the company has worked around this area for many years and knew it would be a welcoming atmosphere.

“We believe there is a lot room to grow here between industry and the hotel business and with the retail center with Tanger, it’s going to be a homerun for us,” Conover said.

Conver added, “We’re going to get this thing open by the end of this year and we’re going to have some great food and some great shopping availability for the community. We’re excited to be here and to show our very best effort.”

Arceneaux added, “We’re happy that everyone showed up today, the Ascension Chamber is always here and does a great job supporting us, Mike Eades of AEDC (Ascension Economic Development Corporation) and other business people. It’s always good to have others come out when we have something like this.”