Canal Place Additions
Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch and G Star Raw will open their first and only locations in the Gulf region at Canal Place. Lifestyle brand Tory Burch will open mid-September with a 2,300-square-foot space, and luxury denim brand G Star Raw will open this month as well. Louis Vuitton is scheduled to open February 2019.
New Orleans Career Center
The only college and career training provider of its kind, The New Orleans Career Center (NOCC) opened at 2539 Columbus St. in the 7th Ward on Aug. 20. The first class of 120 high school juniors and seniors from seven Orleans Parish schools will earn industry-based credentials in healthcare and manufacturing. The program will eventually expand to including IT, engineering, manufacturing, automotive and more.
On July 24, Shintech Louisiana, LLC announced that it will invest $1.49 billion to develop a new chlor alkali and vinyl chloride monomer production facility, as well as expand its existing polyvinyl chloride (PVC) manufacturing facilities in Plaquemine. Construction is expected to generate 2,000-3,000 jobs and create 120 new direct jobs once completed and operational in early 2021.
Pythian Market — the new urban food collective inside the Pythian Temple at 234 Loyola Ave. — received a new retail offering on July 10 from the owners of Mid-City restaurant 1,000 Figs. Like 1,000 Figs, Little Fig will offer fresh Mediterranean food, including house-made dips, salads, freshly squeezed juices and meats and cheeses.
OCH Building Renovation
Construction has begun to renovate a 9,000-square-foot building at 1626 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard — the last blighted property on the 1600 block of the boulevard. When completed, it will serve as the offices for Gulf Coast Housing Partnership and Gideon Community Development Corporation — the owner of the building — as well as provide commercial storefront space.
Pan-American Life Student Center
Students of Loyola University New Orleans are currently enjoying their new $1.25 million Pan-American Life Student Success Center. Located on the second floor of the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library, the entirely donor-funded, 9,000-square-foot center offers study, mentoring, coaching and self-development resources to students.
BMW Motorcycles of New Orleans
The first new BMW motorcycle dealership in the city in over 25 years, BMW Motorcycles of New Orleans opened on July 14. Located in the Central Business District at 901 Julia Street, the 6,000-square-foot showroom is a family-owned business, owned by Gayle and Stephen Materne and their sons, Zachary and Maxwell.