Lafayette Parish retail sales down 7 percent in Jan.
When Lafayette's December sales tax numbers came in, there was a
collective sigh of relief. The parish was more than holding on, as
taxable retail sales rose 3 percent in 2008 while some communities
across the country were experiencing major declines.
That local optimism, however, is now clouded by a 7 percent drop in
January sales compared with the same month a year ago — falling from $425
million to $396 million.
So is there reason to be concerned? Not just yet, as there may be more to the January 2009 numbers than meets the eye. Read more analysis of January's sales tax figures in this month's issue of Acadiana Business.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.