LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)- Completeful, a local shipping fulfillment service, is set to purchase the former Walmart building on Evangeline Thruway.
The company currently has two locations on Pinhook road and one on the Evangeline Thruway. Once the company the Walmart building on Tuesday, all three locations will be merged
“It was just it was the building that you know kind of suited our needs, but now that I've learned what it means to the community, it's been, it's been it's been awesome,” Josh Goree, CEO of Completeful, said.
The company currently has 100 employees and plans to fill more positions starting at $12.00 per hour.
“We truly believe that you come in you can start at $12 an hour and there'll be no cap to how much you can make you get in you learn how to work a machine or you learn it and we say, hey, this person is a team leader and they can, they can manage a group of people they can make good decisions. You, there is no limit,” Goree said.
The new building will also allow him to offer a free daycare center for his employees.
“I know that that's an expense that you know most people have, and a logistically it's always hard to get them to daycare they got to get up early and take care of all that, but, you know, now it's like hey, you bring a kid to work with you,” Goree said.
Many members of the community were present during the announcement including Mayor-President Josh Guillory and city council members. Glenn Lazard, a member of the City Council, said that it is a game-changer for the company to pay more than minimum wage.
“District 5 has the lowest average household income of any district in the city so this very important,” Lazard said.
He believes that this new project will lay the foundation for future economic development on the city’s north side.
“Evangeline Thruway is the gateway to Lafayette and first impressions are very important,” Lazard said.
All three of Completeful’s locations will be moved into their new building by June 15.