Square 46, White Star Market opening delayed until early next year

    The opening of Square 46, the long-awaited mixed-use development on Government Street in Mid City, has been pushed back to early next year.

    “The summertime rains really pushed us back,” says Josh Hoffpauir, a local architect who is developing the project. He now expects the project to open in January.

    Builders broke ground last year on Square 46, which will have several retail spaces and offices along with eight market-rate apartments. Hoffpauir says the apartments will each be two-bedroom, two-bathroom 1,200-square-foot units. Pre-leasing hasn’t yet begun, he says.

    Square 46 is one of the larger ongoing developments in Mid City, as retailers and restaurants continue opening up along Government Street.

    Closer to downtown along Government Street, the Electric Depot project will see the former Entergy building redeveloped into a mixed-use entertainment center. Meanwhile, state officials are expected to begin work soon on Government Street to make it more walkable and bikeable.

    White Star Market, a gourmet food hall concept, will be one of several retailers at Square 46. Clark Gaines, the owner of White Star, says the market is fully leased up with nine tenants, including Gov’t Taco, Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar, Fete Au Fete, Reve Coffee Roasters, and the Big Squeezy, among others. The food hall, which is similar to the popular St. Roch Market in New Orleans, will take up nearly 6,000 square feet of the 25,000-square-foot Square 46. Gaines is aiming to open early next year, ideally in January, he says.

    Hoffpauir says he is close to announcing other retail tenants that will occupy the three other spaces in Square 46. He also has around 6,000 square feet of office space in the development.

    —Sam Karlin