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Retail Strategies Takes on Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Charles hires Retail Strategies


CONTACT: Katelyn Little
Retail Strategies

BIRMINGHAM, AL (June 10, 2022) – The Lake Charles City Council recently voted to enter into an agreement with Retail Strategies, the leading national community development firm, to develop and execute a retail recruitment plan on behalf of the City of Lake Charles. After a thorough selection process, city leaders selected the Retail Strategies team to expose their community to new retail opportunities, especially in underserved areas of the city.

“Retail Strategies will partner with city leaders to help them understand and identify their untapped development, redevelopment and retail recruitment prospects,” said Lacey Bacchus, business developer for Retail Strategies. “We are thrilled to partner with the City of Lake Charles and take their community’s growth potential to the next level.”

Mayor Nic Hunter of Lake Charles stated, “Our city has many things happening that promise to spur economic activity, such as our new lakefront development projects. We are excited to partner with Retail Strategies to have them identify new retail, restaurants, and businesses. The City Council and I hope to attract new quality options for our residents, potential new residents, and tourists. Specific focus will be placed on underserved areas of the city.“

The city will receive a tailored retail recruitment plan through the partnership-based and in-depth market analysis, consumer analysis, and proactive retail and broker outreach by the Retail Strategies team. Christopher Bontrager and Madison Neal will support the Lake Charles team by performing a boots-on-the-ground market tour to identify areas for potential economic growth. The next step is to create a retail recruitment plan and begin proactive outreach to specific retail real estate professionals including property owners, brokers, and developers.

About Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Charles is considered a regionally significant center of petrochemical refining, gambling, tourism, and education, being home to McNeese State University and Sowela Technical Community College. Because of the lakes and waterways throughout the city, metropolitan Lake Charles is often called the Lake Area. As of the 2020 census, Lake Charles’s population was 84,872.

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About Retail Strategies

Retail Strategies is the national expert in recruiting businesses and strategically developing communities. Our mission is to provide the real estate expertise, tools, and human effort that position deserving towns as alluring locations for national businesses and destinations for tourism and quality of life amenities. With confidence, we pursue this mission by delivering unparalleled customer service as a unified team with unmatched real estate and community development expertise. Our activities pay a return in sales taxes, added jobs, and businesses that enhance and add to the unique qualities of your community.

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