September 2, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: September 2, 2015

Retailers consider many factors when choosing a new location. Demographics, density and growth are major influences on site research, and several cities are compared when vying for new retailers in their market. Instead of being compared to Tulsa, the debate of Dallas versus Oklahoma City is always part of the discussion.

Our southern neighbor has long been a big attractor for retail chains. When choosing between Dallas and Oklahoma City, there are some similarities and differences, like size. Dallas’ metro area has about 6 million people, whereas Oklahoma City’s is a little over 1 million, which brings both pros and cons.

August 26, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: August 26, 2015

What makes a company pick one city over another?

Oklahoma City has gone to great lengths to provide an enticing market for prospective retailers and entertainment venues. Ever since the early 1990s when the city failed to secure a new maintenance facility for United Airlines, steps have been taken to position Oklahoma City as a desirable location.

When looking for a site, retailers consider demographic information such as household income, the number of people living nearby, and what possible future growth there is. Beginning in the early 1990s, the city implemented the MAPS initiative to improve the city’s economy and attractiveness as a tourist destination. The initiatives have generated nearly $5 billion in economic impact for the city.

August 19, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: August 19, 2015

Northeast Oklahoma City is seeing a recent surge in development. Several new developments are planned, providing residents access to high-quality services and amenities.

A major project recently announced is the Northeast Shopping Center at NE 36th Street and Kelley Avenue. The 8.62-acre, 100,000-square-foot retail space is undergoing redevelopment plans to provide highly demanded retail services to the neighborhood.

August 12, 2015

by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: August 12, 2015

Extensive planning has taken place to finalize the downtown Oklahoma City Convention Center. Despite obstacles, the city has narrowed the potential sites down to two through planning and research.

To identify possible sites, the city hired a consultant to evaluate all suitable locations. Sites were considered for their ability to accommodate the convention center, a hotel and parking. So far, there are several development teams interested in building a hotel that would include a meeting space.

August 11, 2015

By Steve Lackmeyer, published in The Oklahoman, August 11, 2015

When the Northeast Shopping Center first opened in the early 1960s, it was a source of pride for northeast Oklahoma City — home to a Safeway grocery store, Cherry’s Cafeteria, a TG&Y and the same sort of variety retailers featured in similar developments popping up throughout the city.

Rendering provided by RBA Architects

But by the 1990s, the shopping center was a ghost of its former self, littered with empty storefronts, bars on shop windows and weeds in a largely vacant sprawling parking lot.

The history of the property was enough to provoke an outburst by John Pettis early in his first term as the Ward 7 City Councilman against the owner, Charles Shadid. But after two years of discussions, Pettis and Shadid are announcing a redevelopment of the shopping center that is close to including a grocer as its anchor tenant.