Costco to make Louisiana debut

New Orleans -- Costco Wholesale Corp. will enter the state of Louisiana with a 148,000-sq.-ft. store at Carrollton Plaza Shopping Center in New Orleans.

The new lease, announced by center owner The Feil Organization, will add Costco to a lineup of retailers that includes CVS, Firestone, Family Dollar and Subway.

Costco is slated to open spring 2013.

"We are very excited about helping to bring Costco to New Orleans and contributing to the area's revitalization,” said Jeffrey Feil, CEO, Feil Organization. "This lease represents a giant step forward for the existing and future retail establishments in New Orleans and will further boost confidence in the local market since hurricane Katrina in 2005.”