The former Home Depot on 500 North Carrollton Avenue (Mid-City Messenger stock photo).

The former Mid-City Home Depot on North Carrollton Avenue — now owned by Rouses — will be turned into retail development, according to managing partner Donny Rouse.

The owner wouldn’t divulge, however, which retail company would be leasing the 55,000-square-foot space.

“I can’t really say anything else at the moment,” Rouse said, “other than it’s under contract with a developer, and it’s going to be used for retail.”

Councilwoman Susan Guidry’s office is also still in the dark about the new tenant, according to Kelly Butler, the office’s director of special projects.

“We don’t know much, other than we hope it’s something that fits in the neighborhood,” Butler said.

Home Depot closed its doors at 500 North Carrollton Avenue before the holidays last year because of a disagreement with the building’s former owner, Mid-City Messenger reported at the time. The company was “unable to reach an agreement on the lease,” spokesman Stephen Holmes said last August.

Home Depot opened as a temporary hurricane recovery location in September 2006. It was owned by Carrollton 500 Investors LLC, according to the Orleans Parish tax assessor.

Before Hurricane Katrina, the former Home Depot was a Winn-Dixie.

The new retail development will join a host of stores that opened in Mid-City on Carrollton Avenue recently. Winn Dixie returned to the area in July as an anchor store of the new $40 million Mid-City Market retail development, located across the street from the Home Depot. The shopping complex was developed by Stirling Properties and included more than a dozen businesses.