Posted: Jun 12, 2014 4:00 PM by Troy Gaulden
Updated: Jun 12, 2014 6:50 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - With construction at Juban Crossing gaining steam, people are looking forward to staying in Livingston Parish to shop, eat and watch movies.
The retail center is set to open phase one in October after years of setbacks.
"It just seems like it's finally going to happen," said Karen Kennedy. "It's neat to know that we can go to restaurants on our lunch and be right here, or go shopping and we don't have to get in all the traffic in Baton Rouge. We can just enjoy it right here without going very far."
Parish President Layton Ricks says the project is huge because it keeps money inside Livingston Parish.
"We're looking to double in growth over the next 15 to 18 years. Those people will be able to shop here in the parish, keep our dollars here. It will create jobs, part-time jobs and full-time jobs. It will just change the face of Livingston Parish," he said.
So far more than 400,000 square feet of retail space has been leased. The first phase of construction includes a dine-in movie theater along with well-known stores like Academy Sports, Old Navy, Petsmart, Rouses, Bed Bath & Beyond, Belk, Lane Bryant, Ross Dress for Less, Shoe Carnival, TJ Maxx and Ulta Beauty.