POSTED: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 6:46pm
NEW ROADS, La (NBC33) — The city of New Roads has a lot of celebrating to do because two huge projects are finally opening to the public.
The brand new Wal-Mart Supercenter opened its doors to customers early Wednesday morning. It’s located on Hospital Dr. Their previous location was on False River Dr. That location closed and those employees were relocated to the new store.
The exciting news is that 200 jobs were created when it opened. In addition to the new business, there's a new road, Memorial Boulevard, that will help grow new business in New Roads.
Betty Fontaine has watched New Roads grow and slowly start to develop into a "real city."
"I've lived in New Roads for 39 years," she said. "This is what we have all been working for - to bring this progress to our city."
Memorial Blvd. has been years in the making for years.
"Reach for the stars Point Coupee Parish, the sky is the limit. Now come enjoy your ride down Memorial Boulevard and let our future begin," said Pointe Coupee Parish President, Mel Bush.
This one road that connects Morrison Pkwy to Hospital Rd. is just the start of something huge for the city of New Roads.
“Building a road like this being opportunities to our city," said New Roads Mayor, Robert Myer.
Wal-Mart kicked off the development and employed 330 people.
"Wal-Mart is the beginning of the growth this new road is the beginning of our growth and our mayor, police just are working together to make this a bigger better city."
After a $3.5 million investment long-time residents such as Betty are just embracing the progress and change that will continue to come to her forever home.
"We have a beautiful city and we hope this new Memorial Blvd. will bring more people here," state Fontaine.
There are also negotiations going on now for more developments to possibly be built along memorial boulevard.