Shopping in Lafayette Parish, LA
People from all over Acadiana head to Lafayette Parish to shop. More than 600,000 shoppers a year frequent the area’s boutiques, big box stores, retail centers and antiques shops and flea markets. Retail sales in Lafayette remain strong from year to year, often breaking records, and are fueled by new developments like Ambassador Town Center, anchored by Costco on the Southside of town, and Stirling Lafayette on the Northside, featuring Target and JCPenney. A longtime shopping destination, The Mall of Acadiana offers more than 100 specialty retailers and welcomes more than 15 million shoppers each year. For those residents who have moved away or just want to send a gift from home, Cajun Crate is downtown’s first grocery store offering a subscription box service of food and drink products from Louisiana.
Ambassador Town Center consists of more than 430,000 square feet of retail space near Lafayette’s “Restaurant Row.” A premier regional shopping destination, this 58-acre property contains a Costco Wholesale, Field & Stream, Nordstrom Rack, Half Shell Oyster House, Home Goods, Orangetheory Fitness, Panera Bread, Red Robin and lots more.
- Louisiana state sales tax: 4.45 percent
- Lafayette sales tax: 4 percent
- Retail sales in 2018: $3 billion