Acadiana Memories for July 18th |


LEDA job fair scheduled for August 4

Dozens of the region’s top employers will be on hand to shortlist applicants on August 4 at the Lafayette Economic Development Authority job fair.

The job fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cajundome Convention Center, will have an electronic app and mobile unit sponsored by the Louisiana Workforce Commission-American Job Center, to allow job seekers to apply and search for jobs. ‘other positions available. in the region and throughout the state.

Many companies, particularly in the hospitality industry, in Acadiana and across the country continue to struggle to find workers.

“After a year of virtual career fairs, we are very pleased to host the LEDA Career Fair in person,” said Gregg Gothreaux, President and CEO of LEDA. “The LEDA Career Fair is even more important now given the labor shortage that many industries face. The job fair is part of ongoing efforts in the region to connect displaced or underemployed workers with hiring companies.

Participation in the fair is free and those interested can pre-register at Job seekers should dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes.

LEDA will also host a Career Fair Preparation Workshop at 9 a.m. on July 28 to help job seekers get the most out of their job search.

Laurie J. James will present Positioning Your Resume for Success, and Danielle Dayries of DMD & Associates will present LinkedIn: The Job Leads Magnet. Pre-registration is required. Register at

“The LEDA Career Fair is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with hiring managers from multiple employers in one day and in one location,” said Ryan LaGrange, Workforce Development Manager by LEDA. “Every year we hear success stories following the career fair from job seekers and employers. This event continues to have a huge impact on the community.

Companies interested in participating in the job fair can visit

The mall sells for $ 4.43 million

A real estate company specializing in properties adjacent to Walmart supermarkets has purchased a mall next to the Pinhook Road store.

MRP Capital Group of St. Louis purchased the 3-acre, 37,000-square-foot Pinhook Plaza from Michigan-based Schostak Brothers & Co. for $ 4.43 million, according to documents filed with the Parish Clerk of Lafayette. Pinhook Plaza consists of two buildings located at the north corner of the Walmart parking lot.

MRP recently closed its $ 105 million fund which was used to buy 42 properties representing nearly one million square feet of space in 23 states, company officials said. It was created solely to acquire malls alongside high-performing Walmart supercenters in small towns across the country, and the company now owns and operates 64 malls across the country.

“We are more than excited to close this fund as we develop an investment strategy that we have only focused on for the past six plus years,” said CEO and partner Joe McClary. “We are very proud to have been able to do this amid the COVID-19 pandemic alongside our long-time investors and new relationships.”

Opening of the Habitat ReStore in Carencro

The Lafayette Habitat for Humanity opened its Carencro ReStore store earlier this month.

The 30,000 square foot location at 3127 NE Evangeline Thruway opened on July 9 in the former Metro Bingo location with a big opening celebration. All proceeds from ReStore support Habitat’s Affordable Home Ownership Program.

Simeral Properties real estate broker Ken Simeral bought the old building last year and is leasing it to the agency. The bingo hall closed its doors in early 2019.

Cajun Market Donut will open in Carencro

Cajun Market Donut Co. will open its fourth location, possibly by the end of next month, in Carencro.

Franchisee Nick Wolfe will lead the operation which will move to the Derek Plaza Shopping Center, 115 Derek Drive in Suite 111, in the former Goodwill Donation Center.

The location will feature donuts, kolaches and other items that can be found in other Cajun market locations in the Lafayette area, said Wolfe, a former pastor in northern Louisiana who is embarking on his first business venture. The location also makes it the closest donut store to the Amazon fulfillment center, which will open at the end of the year and employ around 500 people.

“I saw a good opportunity for a good location and decided to jump on it,” Wolfe said. “Carencro is a growing place, and it seems like the right time to go downstairs. We love this place. It’s half a mile from I-49 – you can’t find a better place than this.

The move could be part of additional locations, said brand owner Kane Leonard. The brand dates from 2014 and has two locations in Lafayette and another in Breaux Bridge.

The Carencro site will employ 12 people and Wolfe hopes to have the staff in place when it opens.

“It’s been a process to get to where we are now,” said Leonard, a longtime friend of Wolfe’s. “It took us about eight months to go from something that was just an idea to something that is happening now. “

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