Movie Tavern, in Juban Crossing, will reopen April 13, just in time for the Easter holiday weekend.

David Normand | The News

DENHAM SPRINGS – The return of a popular Juban Crossing attraction -- along with the addition of new eateries and retailers -- will highlight the next few months for the Livingston Parish retail development.

Movie Tavern will open its doors to moviegoers April 13, eight months after severe damage during the Great Flood of 2016 forced its closure.

You can apply at their mobile hiring unit in front of the theater from 10am - 7pm each day and 12pm - 5pm on Sunday. They will be hiring there today through March 28.

Announcement on plans for the former Kohl’s location could also bring a huge surprise for Livingston Parish, said Stephen Keller, principal and co-founder for Creekstone, developer of Juban Crossing.

“We’re talking to two tenants and we hope to have an announcement within the next ninety days,” he said.

Keller could not reveal the name of the retailer, but said it was a well-known national company.

Kohl’s was the only retailer which opted to remain closed after the flood. It came as the Wisconsin-based retail chain shuttered more than 100 locations nationwide in 2016.

Ninety-five percent of the retailers have resumed business following the flood, Keller said.

Bath & Body Works anticipates it will reopen by June, according to the Juban Crossing Facebook page.

Keller also expects several new clothing retailers for Juban Crossing within the next six month.

Announcements of new businesses follow a robust Christmas shopping season for Juban Crossing, barely one month after the first round of businesses restored operations.

Sales surged 32 percent over the prior Yuletide season, Keller said.

The most recent tallies show an increase of 25-30 percent compared to the same time last year, he said.

The reopening of Rouse’s Market 10 days before Christmas also lit the spark during the reopening phase.

“They’re doing phenomenal,” Keller said. 

Regional sit-down eatery Zia’s Rotisserie Grill will also join the family of Juban Crossing businesses after the New Orleans-based restaurant chain signed a lease on March 16.

Stroube’s, meanwhile, expects to open its doors to the public in June.  

The two restaurants will join the growing number of eateries, which include Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar, Burgersmith, Pot-N-Paddle, Moe’s Southwest Grill and the Rouse’s Deli.

Construction also continues on The Springs at Juban Crossing apartment complex. Keller expects completion within the next 14 to 16 months.

Juban Crossing’s success has helped spark other development along the increasingly busy roadway, including the forthcoming relocation of All-Star Nissan and All-Star Kia.

He believes other businesses will follow, including a gas station, along with additional eateries and retail businesses.

“It’s an exciting time this entire area,” Keller said. 

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jherring71

[innocent][beam] Praying for Jason's Deli, Rue21, maybe a Serops Cafe, all you can eat Sushi, Vietnamese food, quaint coffee shop.

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