Acadiana Briefs for August 21, 2022 | business

The hotel near the airport sold for $18.5 million

A hotel near Lafayette Regional Airport has sold for $18.5 million, records show.

Investors connected to SPI Holdings of Dallas bought the WoodSpring Suites Lafayette, 200 Hugh Wallis Road, from Gulf Coast Hotel Management. The same investors also bought a WoodSpring Suites in Lake Charles for $15.1 million.

Gulf Coast Hotel Management purchased 13 acres in this area in 2015 and built the hotel on the 2 acres near the railroad tracks. The remaining 11 acres sold in October to Ronnie White Custom Homes for $1.2 million, records show.

The meat company launches a direct-to-consumer service

Eunice-based Coastal Plains Meat Co. has launched Louisiana Beef Direct, a direct-to-consumer service for customers in eight regional parishes.

The service will begin with the company offering six select boxes for online ordering and delivery through a partnership with RoadRunner’s delivery service, Coastal Plains CEO David Billing and COO announced this week Chip Perrin.

Delivery will begin for customers in Lafayette Parish along with the parishes of Acadia, Vermilion, St. Martin, Evangeline, St. Landry, Calcasieu and Cameron.

The service will benefit area cattle producers by connecting them with consumers looking for local products and varieties, Perrin said.

“The consumer wants to get closer to the farm to know where their meat comes from,” Billings said. “What better way than to create an online platform to bring local products to your doorstep. We are excited about this next phase of our business.”

Options include the Bold BBQ Box for grilling, the Louisiana Linked Box which will include smoked sausages, boudin and andouille, and the Slow-N-Low Box which will include sauce steaks and cuts meant to be cooked on top.

Both Coastal Plains Meat Co. like RoadRunner are veteran owned companies.

McDonald’s buys land for new Broussard location

A McDonald’s will open in Broussard across from the SafeSource Direct facility.

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McDonald’s Company closed on the deal to purchase the 1.6-acre site at 208 St. Nazaire Road from Maraist Investment Properties for an undisclosed amount, according to land records.

Miller Management, based in New Iberia with 10 McDonalds in Acadiana, will operate the restaurant.

Broussard granted the company a building permit in June for more than $2.1 million for construction.

Maraist sold the property to McDonald’s after a sale to Chick-fil-A fell through.

Maraist also sold the adjoining property at 210 St. Nazaire Road recently to Fort Worth, Texas-based SCC Development for $900,000, according to land records. A sign on the property indicates that a car wash will be built there.

The 65-acre site in Broussard is certified development-ready by LED

Another site in Broussard has been certified for economic development under the state’s certified sites program.

The 65 hectares between St. Etienne Road and U.S. 90, known as Loul’s Landing, will bring the total number of certified sites in Acadiana to 22, the seventh in Lafayette Parish, One Acadiana President and CEO Troy Wayman said. Certification helps agencies connect businesses interested in locating in Louisiana to properties, leading to job growth and investment.

The Broussard Economic Development Corporation, Lafayette Economic Development Authority, One Acadiana and Entergy announced certification under Louisiana Economic Development’s Certified Sites program.

“Having sites available and reviewed is imperative to successful economic growth and development in our communities, which is why site certification is a top priority in LEDA’s new strategic plan for the parish,” said Mandi D. Mitchell, President and CEO of LEDA. “I applaud the efforts of Mayor (Ray) Bourque, the Broussard Economic Development Corporation and the property owners for their efforts to advance expansion and business investment in the City of Broussard and Lafayette Parish.”

The certified sites program has been successful in Broussard, which landed the SafeSource Direct project that will bring about 1,200 jobs to the city, Bourque said.

One Acadiana’s Site Development program is designed to increase the region’s portfolio of commercial and development-ready sites by certifying land within the nine-parish region.

Last year, Broussard was certified as a Louisiana Development Ready Community, the first municipality in Lafayette Parish to earn the certification.

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