Louisiana’s first LEGO retail store will be dumping millions upon millions of bricks at Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie as soon as parents get around to building it.
The store, which will be located across from Gouge boutique and next to Amazon Dry Run, will feature a massive collection of tiny, cutting-edge pieces and mortgage-inducing playsets.
According to a Lego spokesperson, the 27.3 million piece store will probably open sometime this fall and will offer excellent bonding opportunities for parents and children as they build the location together from scratch.
“We know how much parents love buying Legos for their children so we figured why not let both of them become a part of the actual building process for the store and put it completely together from floor to ceiling and showroom to backroom,” said Linda Simon, Lego’s vice president of acquisitivity.
“Sure, we could hire dozens of workers to build the store, but they’d only do it for the money — and we’re about building memories. Isn’t that what it’s all about?”
One local parent is ecstatic Lego is coming to the area and she gets to play a pivotal role in its building.
“On the count of three, I’m gonna tell you how excited I am for this,” said Kate Randle, mother to a three-year-old, a five-year-old, and a nine-year-old.
Randle walked away as she began counting.
Once LEGO at Lakeside opens, Simon said customers should be on the lookout for their new premium customizable set, LEGO Lackey, available exclusively at the store.
“When purchasing the new LEGO Lackey set, customers will be able to choose anything they want to build — anything at all — from our work order registry, and we’ll put them to work right away,” Simon said.
A few examples of the over 100,000 choices revealed to be available in the work order registry include Executive Mansion, Apocalypse Bunker, Security Wall, Beach House, Indoor Waterfall Pool, Private Airport, Mountain Retreat, and Campus Cafeteria.
While this is the first LEGO retail store in Louisiana, there are more than 80 stores scattered all over 32 states.