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Antwan Harris / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- After the ribbon was cut, the doors and opened and the band played on.

Hundreds of residents in Gentilly welcomed a new Walmart back to the neighborhood after years of anticipation.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu said, 'This is creating jobs, has economic impact, and there is not greater impact than this so Walmart congratulations.'

The new store will bring in more than 300 jobs to the area that is looking to make an economic boom since Hurricane Katrina's wrath 9 years ago.

A resident nicknamed 'Mayor' Gordon said, 'For this community, it is a long awaited project. It was the most important project we saw into brining this community back. Once they learned it was coming back, we started rebuilding the homes in Gentilly Woods.'

For many residents here, shopping choices were slim and far away. Many residents like Wayne Guidry would travel as far as Chalmette to get any shopping done.

'I was traveling a lot either to Chalmette or Kenner. Like the representatives said, it is important to keep the money right here in your neighborhood.'

Mary Bachemin had the same problem. 'I don't have to worry about going over the river anymore and into the woods. It is a blessing. It really is a blessing.'

This building took about seven years of planning. This is the second Walmart store to open in the area since June. The last store to open was in New Orleans East.

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