After the devastation from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Macy’s closed its two New Orleans area stores indefinitely. In September of 2007, the retail giant announced its return to the New Orleans market through the renovation of its Kenner location at the Esplanade Mall and the construction of a brand new store at Lakeside Mall in Metairie. The groundbreaking for the 228,000-square-foot, three level department store began on November 1, 2007. Macy opened its doors to the public on October 25th, 2008 preceded by a star-studded gala the evening before. The $2.1 million contract included complete electrical installation and ninety-five percent of the labor was performed by All Star Electric, Inc.