Panda Express coming to Ruston

Everyone loves a Panda, right?

Well Ruston residents will get an opportunity to prove it.

Wait, what?

Different type of Panda.

The rumor is true. Our community will be welcoming Panda Express to its options of restaurants as the popular chain that serves American Chinese Cuisine.

Phillip Smart, the City of Ruston’s Economic Development Director, said that an exact timeline for the opening is hard to say based on supply and demand, but that the restaurant should be opened by this coming November.

“It increases the quality of life for our residents and promotes tourism by offering different food options in our area,” said Smart. “Most importantly, in increases job opportunities for our growing community.” 

Smart said the new restaurant should create around 40 construction jobs and 25 Panda Express jobs once opened.  

“We are excited to continue to provide numerous eating options and increase the quality of life to our citizens,” said Smart. “It is a benefit to have the convenience of numerous food options without having to leave Ruston.

“Residents will continue to see this trend as we recruit businesses to establish a presence in Ruston, so the majority of our constituents’ needs may be met.”

Panda Express is going to be located on the North Service Road East by Whataburger.

Smart also acknowledged that more additions to the Ruston community are in the works.

“We do have other restaurants and shopping retailers on the horizon,” said Smart. “We are also looking at industrial and manufacturing companies as well.  We feel there are great things in store for the citizens of Ruston.”

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