Bernard's economy has a mix of industrial base along with it's
historic agricultural and fisheries economy. Wholesale and
retail trade, government services, and contract construction are also
major economic contributors. A majority of St. Bernard's population
is employed in the city of New Orleans
and other portions of the metro area.
Prior to Hurricane Katrina striking the area, the majority of retail and
commercial development in St. Bernard occurred
along Judge Perez Drive, St. Bernard Highway and Paris Road. Several
Neighborhood shopping centers operate in St. Bernard predominately
anchored by supermarkets and grocers. Wal-Mart
has reopened at it's site adjacent to the government center. As
of this date there are two supermarkets operating in St. Bernard, Winn
Dixie on Paris Road in Chalmette and Breaux Mart operating in the former
Jubilee site on Paris Road. Home Depot has returned to operations
at its Chalmette store as well as Walgreen's Pharmacy at the corner of
Judge Perez Drive and Paris Road.
Industrial development is predominately
located between the River and St. Bernard Highway where
St. Bernard's Port
port area is home to a growing number of businesses and major refining operations such as the American Sugar Refinery and
Exxon Mobil Chalmette Refinery are located.
Valero Oil (formerly Murphy
Oil USA') operates
a refinery in Meraux and several other
facilities operate in lower St. Bernard. Other industrial parks are located in areas
such as upper portions of Paris Road. These industrial employers are
major employers in St. Bernard Parish. All suffered damage during
Katrina and were out of production for a period. All have returned to
The former Murphy Oil Refinery had a major oil spill resulting
from the rupture of one of it's crude oil storage tanks which resulted
in one of the largest urban oil spills in US history.
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