Spavia, a national day spa chain, will open in a new shopping center next to Sofas & Chairs on Ambassador Caffery Parkway later this summer.
Spavia's Lafayette location will be the first in the state, said franchisee Chris Lambert, a former oil and gas executive with RigNet, and his wife, Jennifer, a real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty. Chris Lambert said he retired from the oilfield in 2014 to pursue independent entrepreneurship and wants to bring the brand to Lafayette, which has been their home since 1998.
"Lafayette's our home, and we're excited to join the business community here and help the local economy," he said. "We're seeing the region grow and businesses expand, and we think Spavia will be a great addition to Lafayette," Chris Lambert said.
Spavia will offer massages, skin care, beauty treatments, day packages at the the 3,300-square-foot spa. They plan to hire around 30 people.
Property developer Phil Stoma said construction on the shopping center should be completed by May with businesses opening in August. The 5,000-square-foot development will be next door to his family's furniture businesses, La-Z-Boy and Sofas & Chairs, 4601 Ambassador Caffery Parkway.
A Tropical Smoothie location will also open in the shopping center, the fifth location in Acadiana.