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.