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Long-delayed O.C. Haley Blvd. fresh food market due to open this fall, developer says

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - Closed since 2002, and later ravaged by fire, the former Myrtle Banks elementary school in Central City has been renovated as a multifacted space that will include Jack & Jake's Public Market.

A long-awaited new grocery store and farmers market in Central City is a year behind schedule. The visionary behind the project, which has received generous taxpayer support, is no longer in charge and won’t discuss his exit. And there’s still no specific opening date. But the developer who’s opening Jack & Jake’s Public Market on Oretha… Continue reading →

Southern Decadence, Louisiana Seafood Festival expected to fill downtown New Orleans hotel rooms this weekend

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Members of the Pair A Dice Band play as they march down Royal Street during the Southern Decadence Parade, part of the Southern Decadence Labor Day Weekend celebration,  in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The annual celebration has been going on since a small beginning in 1972 with exception of 2005 when Katrina hit. The event which began last Wednesday and ends Monday featured music events, parades, parties and other venues.

With no storm warnings in sight, New Orleans tourism officials expect most downtown hotel rooms will be near-capacity through the Labor Day weekend. The holiday weekend coincides with two local events: the Southern Decadence festival in the French Quarter and the Louisiana Seafood Festival at City Park’s Festival Grounds. Based on… Continue reading →

Transfer of Algiers customers to Entergy New Orleans now official

Algiers residents now fall under the umbrella of Entergy New Orleans. Entergy Louisiana LLC on Tuesday officially handed over its 22,000 residential, commercial and industrial electricity customers in Algiers to the New Orleans subsidiary of Entergy Corp. With the shift, all of New Orleans is served by the same utility. Entergy New Orleans will… Continue reading →

New Orleans loses more jobs in past year than any other U.S. city, driven largely by construction losses after post-Katrina efforts

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The New Orleans metro area lost 3,800 jobs over the 12 months ending July 31, more than any other city in the country, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The numbers were driven in part by the construction industry, which accounted for 2,700 of the total jobs lost between July 2014 and July 2015.

The New Orleans metro area lost 3,800 jobs over the 12 months ending July 31, more than any other city in the country, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The numbers were driven in part by the construction industry, which accounted for 2,700 of the total jobs lost between… Continue reading →

First phase of planned offshore megaport could be open by late 2016, backers say

With the Panama Canal expansion moving closer to reality, a group backing development of the nation’s first offshore megaport — slated to be built off the coast of Plaquemines Parish — said Monday that the project’s first phase is fully financed and could be operational by the end of 2016. The announcement comes seven years after… Continue reading →

Dishes named after former Metairie restaurateur ‘Bozo’ Vodanovich prompt trademark lawsuit

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Chris "Bozo" Vodanovich ran "Bozo's" for generations. Ed McIntyre now runs "Mr Ed's Oyster Bar and Fish House" at the same location.

Among the dishes that diners can order off the menu at Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House in Metairie are “Mr. Chris’ Chicken and Andouille Gumbo” and “Mr. Chris’ Homemade Hamburger Steak.” Each is named after the late Chris “Bozo” Vodanovich, the man who once ran a popular seafood restaurant at… Continue reading →

Gym Doctor keeps fitness clubs running by taking care of cardio equipment at facilities along Gulf Coast

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Norman Bonck, owner of Gym Doctor, performs routine maintenance on Cybex treadmills at Snap Fitness on Lee Drive in Baton Rouge. He maintains equipment at about 50 fitness centers across southeast Louisiana and into Mississippi.

One recent morning found Norman Bonck, the Gym Doctor, up to his elbows in the intestines of an elliptical trainer. Bonck, 29, an Archbishop Rummel High graduate and former nursing student at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond now living in Tickfaw, left New Orleans with his mother after Hurricane Katrina flooded their house on Geneva Street… Continue reading →

People in Business for Aug. 30, 2015

Mark Fay, Moreau Physical Therapy

Stephen Morel has been named chief legal officer at Archon Information Systems. He specializes in Louisiana real estate, tax sale and title insurance laws and will spearhead all legal and title insurance aspects of the company’s adjudicated property sales for its clients. He is one of the founding partners of local… Continue reading →

Business Honors for Aug. 30, 2015

Kimberly Chopin, Louisiana Lottery Corp.

Tulane Medical Center, in partnership with the Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network, received accreditation from the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy, a nonprofit co-founded by the International Society for Cellular Therapy and the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation for the purposes of voluntary inspection and accreditation in the field… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for Aug. 30, 2015

New Orleans-based software company Federated Sample has changed its name to Lucid. The company said the new name reflects the clarity its products provide to customers. “Our products clarify business issues and processes that have been obscured. We make the unknown known with “lucid moments” of… Continue reading →

Carnival projects record New Orleans cruise traffic for 2015

Photo provided by CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES -- Carnival Cruise Line projects that a record 400,000 passengers will set sail from New Orleans this year, the cruise giant said Friday.

Carnival Cruise Line projects that a record 400,000 passengers will set sail from New Orleans this year, the cruise giant said Friday. By next year, Carnival also expects to hit another milestone: 3 million passengers who have traveled on its ships from the Port of New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Carnival plans to… Continue reading →

New Orleans City Hall going solar

New Orleans City Hall is going solar. PosiGen Solar Solutions, with partners SimpliPhi Power and Schneider Electric, is providing 25 kilowatts of solar panels and energy storage to the city to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The local company said the rooftop solar installation will deliver clean power for City Hall to reduce energy… Continue reading →

Idea Village, Propeller among recipients of federal grants unveiled Thursday

Two New Orleans-based nonprofits that support entrepreneurs were among four recipients of nearly $2.1 million in federal grants announced Thursday. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Matt Erskine discussed the funding in New Orleans to mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Through the awards, the Idea Village will receive $400,000 to provide… Continue reading →

Louisiana contractor licensing board continues 84 Lumber investigation

Last week, 84 Lumber avoided losing its Louisiana contractor’s license, but the Pennsylvania company’s problems with state regulators aren’t over. The State Licensing Board for Contractors is now investigating whether 84 Lumber has lost lawsuits to any Louisiana construction firms and hasn’t paid those judgments, said Michael McDuff, the board’s executive director. The board… Continue reading →

NASA event targets small businesses

NASA needs some help to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what it does and learns will benefit all humankind. NASA officials held a networking event Wednesday in New Orleans for small business owners who are interested in doing business with the federal space agency or its major contractors. The daylong event,… Continue reading →

Legislative Auditor: Louisiana missing out on hundreds of millions of dollars from oil and gas incentive

Louisiana has forgone hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes every year recently to spur the use of an oil and gas drilling technique that was being improved when the subsidy was created two decades ago but is commonplace now, a legislative audit says. The largesse may have been unnecessary, the report acknowledges, noting that… Continue reading →

Lamar Advertising commemorating Katrina anniversary on 541 digital billboards

Photo provided by Lamar Advertising Co. -- Lamar Advertising billboards in 107 markets across the country feature photos of New Orleans and the message 10 Years Stronger to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Baton Rouge-based Lamar Advertising Co. is commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina using 541 digital billboards in 107 markets across the country. The billboards feature photos of New Orleans and the message “10 Years Stronger” to remember those lost in the hurricane and honor those who’ve rebuilt the city. “Katrina was one of the largest… Continue reading →

Report finds little competition in Medicare Advantage markets

There is little or no competition in Medicare Advantage insurance markets in 97 percent of U.S. counties, including East Baton Rouge and Orleans parishes, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. The report, “Competition Among Medicare’s Private Health Plans: Does It Really Exist?,” suggests that lack of competition could create challenges for reforms that rely on competition… Continue reading →

People in Business for Aug. 16, 2015

Monty Sullivan, Louisiana Community and Technical System

Dr. Lacey LeBlanc Seymour, executive director of Live Oak Behavioral Psychology in Covington, was installed as president of the Louisiana Psychological Association. The organization membership comprises more than 200 licensed psychologists.… Continue reading →

Business Honors for Aug. 23, 2015

The Southern Economic Development Council presented the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation with an Award of Merit in communications in the medium division for its 2014 annual report, “Growing Together.” Entries were judged based upon graphic appeal, clarity of message, quality of information, positioning/differentiation and format.… Continue reading →

Business Briefs for Aug. 23, 2015

Gulf States Real Estate Services has taken over leasing, sales and on-site property management of The Pinnacle at Nord du Lac Shopping Center in Covington. The property includes more than 300,000 square feet of retail and medical space. For more information, contact Mike Saucier or Beth… Continue reading →

Low oil prices hitting jobs at oil giants in New Orleans area

Photo provided by Chevron --  Chevron Corp., which operates the Jack/St. Malo project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, is reducing its workforce, including from its Covington office that is part of the company’s Gulf of Mexico business unit.

As oil prices continued sliding this week, there were more signs that the metro New Orleans area won’t be immune to the pains of the latest boom-or-bust cycle. A global oil glut has led to an industrywide belt-tightening that’s prompted layoffs at many of the world’s largest energy producers. That roster includes giants like Royal Dutch… Continue reading →

Wal-Mart commits $25M for disasters as Katrina anniversary nears

With the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaching, Wal-Mart announced a $25 million, five-year commitment to support disaster recovery efforts around the world. The corporation and its charitable foundation announced the plans Friday in New Orleans, part of more than a week’s worth of observances in the city and along the Gulf Coast. Wal-Mart said in… Continue reading →

Louisiana sees drop in government, oil jobs, but growth in health, hospitality jobs overcomes losses

Louisiana added 13,400 nonfarm jobs over the 12 months ending July 31, lifting the state’s total to 1,978,800, with gains in each sector except government, oil and gas, and construction. Health and education was the biggest gainer, with 10,500 jobs, while leisure and hospitality added 3,700 positions over the 12-month period, according to preliminary figures from the… Continue reading →

84 Lumber avoids revocation of commercial construction license in Louisiana

Pennsylvania-based 84 Lumber avoided having its Louisiana contractor’s license revoked Thursday after agreeing not to use bonding and insurance practices that two minority firms claim destroyed their companies. The owners of the minority businesses expressed frustration with the decision. Maurice Hurst, owner of The Olympic Group in Metairie, and Addie Mills, former owner of J&A Construction… Continue reading →

Harrah’s New Orleans gaming revenues up despite smoking ban, but casino officials still expect it to affect bottom line

Advocate file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Harrah’s New Orleans Casino has applied for a permit to build two outdoor courtyards that would include slot machines and add 1,350 square feet to the giant building.The casino applied this week for an amendment to its conditional-use permit to build the smoking areas.

For the first time since the city’s smoking ban went into effect, revenue was up last month at Harrah’s New Orleans Casino, which posted a 26 percent gain from a year ago, according to the state’s casino report released Thursday. The land-based casino took in almost $36 million in revenue in July, up from $20.7 million in… Continue reading →

Creole Cuisine officially announces takeover of old Houston's in Metairie

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Houston's Restaurant in Metairie is closing.

The former Houston's Restaurant site on Veterans Memorial Boulevard will no longer sit empty. Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts announced today that it will open a restaurant at the location. The company purchased the property earlier this year from the Hillstone Restaurant Group with no immediate plans for its use. Continue reading →

New Orleans setting a new economic curve after Katrina

In the three decades leading up to Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans’ job growth greatly lagged the rest of the South — not to mention the rest of the country — a pattern that was likely to continue if not for the massive upheaval that followed the deadly storm, the head of a regional economic development alliance said Wednesday.… Continue reading →