Wal-Mart opens doors to new Gentilly location

A major retailer opened its doors in Gentilly as the area continues to rebound from Hurricane Katrina's devastation.

Wal-Mart opened its doors Wednesday morning at 4301 Chef Menteur Highway. The retail chain has been working to overhaul the site of the old Gentilly Woods shopping mall for nearly a year.

Hurricane Katrina destroyed the shopping center in 2005.

As the store opened Wednesday morning, Mayor Mitch Landrieu was on hand, stating that the retailer's opening was a big win for the city of New Orleans.

Rob Richardson, Wal-Mart's store manager, states that the new store will be known for its customer service.

"It's really a privilege to come to Gentilly and to open a Wal-Mart store that we are proud to get this store open here," said Richardson. "I think what this store is going to be known for is we have really done a great job of hiring our associates in the community and this is going to be the friendliest Wal-Mart on the face of the planet."

Wal-Mart says the store is putting more than 300 people to work.

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