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Jefferson Parish booming with new business

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Jefferson Parish, La.- New businesses are popping up every day in Jefferson Parish.

Mellow Mushroom is about to open in the old Borders building. Buffalo Wild Wings sits across from Lakeside Mall and a new shopping center anchored by Panera Bread and Bonefish Grill is located near Clearview Parkway.

Jefferson Parish resident Laura Rhody says, "I think all of these new restaurants are wonderful for the parish. We don't have to go into New Orleans, we've got all these great eateries here and I think it shows progress is being made in our community."

The editor of New Orleans CityBusiness, Greg LaRose, says there are a number of factors that contribute to the growth.

"What we hear at CityBusiness from the banking community that's I think really encouraging, some of this money that's been on the side lines in terms of development and commercial construction is starting to move forward a little bit," LaRose explained.

LaRose says the expansion of the Huey P. Long Bridge is also key. It's bringing West Bank residents to the East Bank, and one of their first stops, is Elmwood.

"Where there used to be parking lot space are now out parcels and you're seeing tons of new shopping centers, restaurants," LaRose says of Elmwood.

Not all the new businesses are chain restaurants either. Theo's Pizza originated on Magazine Street but just opened a new location in Elmwood.

General Manager Malena Rodriguez explains, "So many of our customers had constantly been emailing us from the West Bank, Metairie, Kenner area, Harahan, saying we'd love to see you guys out in Jefferson."

Since their opening one month ago, sales have been high.

According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, sales tax collected in the parish for November 2012, was 11.19 percent higher than at that time in 2011. For November alone, over $34 million was collected.

And perhaps one reason for the high numbers, while New Orleans has traditionally tried to stay away from larger chains, LaRose says Jefferson Parish is much more open to the idea.

LaRose thinks that growth will continue, as long as there is a demand.

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