May 9, 2017 02:30 PM

The town of Henderson has seen a recent string of new developments popping up along its stretch of the Grand Point Highway, most notably the Grand Point Center that opened in January.

The development is being built in two, 8,000-square-foot phases with the second phase expected to open in early 2018. Each phase has five suites for lease.

The first phase of the shopping center, located at 2825 Grand Point Highway, hosts a full house of tenants, including a Lafayette General Family Practice clinic, Lehman Ashley Women’s Boutique, Kidder Accounting and Tax Service and Bon Amis Pharmacy, which occupies two of the center’s five suites.

The development is the product of Johnny and Wendy Hebert, the owners of Crawfish Town USA, who owned the property next door to the restaurant where the shopping center is located. The development also neighbors a Farmers & Merchants Bank and the Cajun Palms RV Resort.

“The whole area right there is just absolutely booming,” Paula Finley, the marketing manager of Crawfish Town USA, says of the area’s recent economic growth spurt. “There’s just a lot of construction and activity going on there. And, with the economy the way it is, it’s just unbelievable.”

Finley tells ABiz the Heberts saw a need for such a development in the local community and had been planning to build it for quite some time, but patiently waited until they saw a solid opening in the local economy, which they measured by the amount of traffic coming through the intersection of I-10 and the Grand Point Highway, as well as the demand for a local pharmacy and clinic.

“With the amount of traffic at that intersection, it’s the perfect place,” says Finley. “And there’s not another [compounding] pharmacy in that area at all. And then the closest physician would’ve been in Breaux Bridge or Arnaudville.”

Finley adds that, to date, two tenants have been secured for the second phase of the development.

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