Three hundred Walmart employees in Lafayette could be looking for new jobs come March 29. Walmart is closing its location on the Evangeline Thruway due to lack of production, according to the Lafayette Economic Development Authority.
The Walmart announced its closing that store’s doors at the end of March. In a statement published in the Daily Advertiser, Walmart said that employees at the closing store will be given the opportunity to transfer to other nearby stores.
“We come every other day. We buy prescriptions here so we also shop for groceries and everything else a big box store has to offer,” says Lafayette resident Robert Castille.
He is one of the Northside Walmart’s regulars. He says now he’ll drive to the Carencro Walmart or shop local. “Breaux’s doesn’t have as large a selection of produce as the big box store, but they do accommodate their customers,” says Castille.
Even with this box store closing, LEDA says retail businesses is good. “In 2018 we had the second highest year in history and retail sales. We haven’t heard of any internal issues in Walmart as a company like some other national companies are dealing with,” says Gregg Gothreaux, the CEO of LEDA.
In a statement, a Walmart spokesperson for Louisiana said employees will be given the opportunity to transfer to other stores. There are five other Walmart stores located within eight miles of the Evangeline Thruway location.
LEDA says it will work to help find jobs for those who become unemployed. “Except for a maybe a few transportation issues, if people were walking to work or it was on their bus route or in their neighborhood, we should be able to get all of those people to work because retail is doing well right now,” says Gothreaux.