Downing Pines might be the future for commercial activity in West Monroe, but the Thomas Road/Interstate 20 Corridor is where the activity is now for both the City and the region. Thomas Road is the main north/south traffic artery in the City and has a full interchange linking it to Interstate 20.
At Thomas Road, Interstate 20 has a traffic count of over 65,000 cars per day, and Thomas Road near Interstate 20 has traffic counts close to 40,000 cars per day. The Corridor has a litany of fast food restaurants, sit-down restaurants, hotels, retail, pharmacies, banks, a hospital, a medical mall, and entertainment all in one convenient place.
Businesses in the Thomas Road/Interstate 20 Corridor have sales that dramatically outperform their average store sales elsewhere. Retailers are 80% higher, restaurants are 50% higher, and entertainment outlets are almost 94% higher than their national averages. This success has attracted more and more businesses to this area and, as a result, more people.