The Lakeside Shopping Centre is located on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain of the interstate 10. The mall is opened seven days a week. The mall is 967,000 square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment with large department stores and specialty stores.
The mall first opened in 1960 as the first regional mall in New Orleans and is one of the busiest malls in metro area. There are three major department stores in the mall, Dillard's, Macy's and JC Penny. The food court within the mall expanded in 2001 and a 12 screen cinema with stadium style seating.
The stores in the mall are Abercrombie & Fitch, Aldo, Banana Republic, Bebe, Coach, Express, Guess, Hallmark, Pac Sun, Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware.
The food court has Starbucks, Aunti Anne's, Caf, Du Monde, Daiquiris, Fairchild's Ice Cream, Great American Cookie Co, Subway, The Steak Escape and McDonald's. Restaurants in the mall are Bravo Italian Kitchen, P.F. Chang's China Bistro and Red Lobster
When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2001 the mall only received minor damage and looting was kept to a minimum thanks to good security. A fire broke out in Dillard's in 2008. There was only minor damage in the roof of the stores and all stores were opened again the next day.
A Customer Service Desk is located in the mall and provides purchase of gift certificates, Notary services such as boat registration, affidavits and real estate transfers, a courier service, copy, fax and gift wrapping is also available from customer service.
The mall is able to host birthday parties. There are five simple steps to a birthday party. Book the party at Build-A-Bear. Reserve tables in the food court, order refreshments and balloons, these can be ordered from McDonalds, Great American Cookie Co and Puccinos to name a couple. Arrive early to set up in the food court then, enjoy the party.
The mall is now able to provide refunds for international shoppers who are eligible for tax free shopping. The Louisiana Tax Free Shopping for International Visitors Refund Centre is located inside Macy's.
The mall and Fit Mom USA and teamed up to offer Fit Mom Stroller Exercise Classes to suit pre and post natal mothers and their babies and children. The classed are held on Tuesday and Thursday and run by a certified fitness trainer.
Events are held at the mall throughout the year. These include Easter eggs hunts, Halloween trick or treat, the Great pumpkin ride and Goblin Express, Makeover nights, Santa's arrival and photos with him, thanksgiving parties and the mall is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The mall also host regular sales, including sidewalk sales.