The Norman Transcript

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August 4, 2013

Construction quickly advancing for Crest Foods in Norman

NORMAN — Norman residents have anxiously been watching the construction of Crest Foods in the University North Park shopping district on 24th Avenue Northwest.

Crest Foods President Bruce Harroz said the Oklahoma food chain is excited about opening in the upscale TIF district on 24th Avenue Northwest. The Norman Crest store will carry more health-oriented products than some Crest locations.

“Because of the area and the college, we’re going to expand on our organics and natural products,” Harroz told The Transcript last year.

The store was slated to open in June and that deadline was pushed back, but construction is quickly advancing now.

The Norman store will be open seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, like other Crest Foods stores.

Applications to work in the Norman Crest location are available online at crestfoodsok.com.

Crest was founded by Bruce Harroz’s father, Nick Harroz. His motto was “Stack it high and sell it cheap.” The family’s first grocery, opened by Nick Harroz Sr., was Fairview Grocer at Southwest 29th and Agnew in Oklahoma City. Bruce Harroz is the third generation of grocery owners in the Harroz family.

The new generation of Harroz leadership added a new dimension with the fresh-market approach.

In 2002, Crest opened store No. 4 in Moore. The local chain continued to expand with store No. 7, opening in south Oklahoma City in 2010. That Oklahoma City location features upscale decor and a fresh-market approach that will be followed in the Norman location.

Joy Hampton

366-3539

jhampton@

normantranscript.com

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