YOUNGSVILLE — Brookshire Grocery Company has purchased land at the corner of Ambassador Caffery Parkway and Bonin Road in Youngsville for a Super 1 Foods grocery store.
Brookshire public relations director Rebecca Sanders said the Tyler, Texas-based corporation plans to build the store. “We just don’t have a timeline yet,” she said.
The company wants to clear 6 ½ acres of unoccupied land to build the store, a parking lot and a gas station, according to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers notice. The Corps and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality are reviewing the plans to gauge the environmental impact, and have not issued a final approval.
Brookshire operates a national chain of grocery stores under the brand names Super 1 Foods, Brookshire’s and FRESH by Brookshire’s.
Youngsville Mayor Ken Ritter said Tuesday that city officials and Brookshire have been in talks for a while to build a Super 1 Foods store within city limits. The store would be built on land annexed a few years ago in a hard-fought legal battle with neighboring Broussard, which also sought to annex the land. The acreage had been in an unincorporated area of Lafayette Parish.
“It shows the foresight by (former) Mayor Wilson Viator and the previous City Council to aggressively annex that property,” said Ritter, who spent one four-year term on the council before running unopposed for mayor in 2014.
To entice Brookshire to build the store in Youngsville, Ritter said, the city waived property taxes for 15 years and also agreed to not charge the city’s levy of its sales tax during construction of the store.
Youngsville also agreed to run a water line on Bonin Road from an existing line on Fortune Road to the south and to build a turning lane into the store on Bonin Road.
Located on the outskirts of Youngsville, the store is expected to attract customers from outside the city, Ritter said, but not take customers from Youngsville’s sales tax cash cow — Rouse’s, which is located deep within the city adjacent to Sugar Mill Pond.
“Anytime we have a large retailer like this, it’ll certainly help offset a lot of the costs that we’re incurring as a growing city,” the mayor said.
Compared to Broussard, which lies north and northeast of Youngsville, Youngsville’s sales tax revenue is lacking.
Sales tax revenues collected in Youngsville are less than half what Broussard collects, even though Youngsville has more people and is growing population faster.
And compared to 2014 monthly figures, sales tax revenue in Youngsville declined in most of the first six months of 2015, as it has in all of oil-and gas-dependent Lafayette Parish.