Local small businesses are coming together to breathe new life into Lafayette’s Northgate Mall.
“It can still be a future here at Northgate Mall if people take a chance.”
The Real Deal has been in Northgate Mall for close to 30 years and says what some may think was a loss may be the very thing that builds the mall back up.
Manager John Allen says, “The old corporate businesses leaving, left this mall. Now it’s up to the community to try to keep this mall alive.”
It’s the reason Joshua Edmond and his wife stepped up and opened Let Your Light Shine inspiration gift shop in Northgate Mall in May.
Edmond says they chose this location because he grew up on the north side of town and wanted to keep his business on that same side of town. “I chose the Northgate Mall because at one time the Northgate mall was the it place for all of us to come as kids. So now I look at the mall as a small business incubator where small businesses can unite, network and have an impact on our economic structure on the north side.”
They’re not the only business taking advantage of the open space and shopper Mary Goth has definitely taken notice. “Clothing stores, boutiques, printing companies, things of that sort that are in here that actually I didn’t even know existed.”
Now when you go inside Northgate may not look like your traditional mall, but the community has transformed it into their own space.
Edmond says, “This is a new step in a new direction for economic structure in our area.”
Goth says, “It’s an asset so people will be able to come in and shop instead of elsewhere to shop.”
That same community is now encouraging the curious to come on in and see what the mall has to offer.
Allen says, “They don’t see a lot of stores here, they think this mall is gone. No this mall isn’t gone, come shop at the Northgate Mall and make this mall keep pushing forward. You just gotta come shop.”
If you’re interested in getting your business into Northgate Mall call the mall office at (337) 237-0662 or stop by the office and ask for Lisa Champagne.