Costco holds info session at Xavier for job hopefuls


Posted on March 27, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 27 at 10:22 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Dozens of hopefuls showed up to Xavier University on Wednesday hoping to land a job with retail giant Costco.

The company is opening at the Old Carrollton Shopping Center site in Mid-City.

"Other big retailers are looking at us much more seriously now that Costco has made this decision," said New Orleans Councilmember Susan Guidry.

Guidry said the $45 million investment will increase property values and bring more money to Orleans Parish.

"People will be coming from Jefferson, St. Tammany, etc. to do shopping at the Costco. So it's going to be great for in terms of sales tax," said Guidry.

The 148,000 square foot facility is also creating jobs. Guidry says it will create 100 in construction and about 200 in retail.

On Wednesday night curious job seekers showed up to Xavier University to find out about job openings. A Costco representative told the audience he expects 5,000 applications.

"Its one of the higher paying places, so I'd like to have a job here. If I can't I'll find somewhere else," said Mason Scofield, who is looking for an after-school job.

Sitting in the information session was also Carrollton resident Angelia Bell.

"I'm employed full-time. I just wanted to come to the meeting because it's in my area and it affects me," said Bell.

"I'm looking at a stock position, anything that's available. I have experience with that," said Osborne Picou, who is looking for a second job to add to his current resume.

The Carrollton resident is happy to see the national retailer move to the neighborhood.

"I think it's a good thing for the community to help everybody get a better job and help themselves," Picou said.

The Mayor's Office of Economic Development said it began having conversations with Costco about coming to New Orleans two years ago. Now the retail giant is expected to open its doors in mid-August.