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December 30, 2012

2012 has been a good year for business

NORMAN — Norman and Moore are turning into boom towns with all of the construction going in along the Interstate 35 corridor. But for Norman, construction isn’t limited to the west side of town.

Firehouse Subs is kicking off a 30 restaurants expansion starting with the store in Norman on 12th Avenue Southeast between Alameda and Boyd streets.

Known for hearty, oversized portions, Firehouse plans are for market build-out in 10 years. Climbing from 258 to more than 485 locations in four years, Firehouse Subs witnessed an average 15 percent year-over-year sales increase since 2007, despite the economic downturn.

Further south, construction of a new Circle K is underway near the intersection of Highway 9 and Highway 77. John Proctor sold that property to Circle K in July. Buffalo Wild Wings bought property from Proctor in November. Construction should start on the restaurant in January and be open by June.

On the north side of Norman, On Cue Express will open soon at 3601 N. Flood which is at the Tecumseh intersection.

In addition to the much touted IMAX Theater and Dick’s Sporting Goods, other businesses are coming into Moore, expanding the regional draw to Cleveland County.

Fitness One is under construction at 647 SW 19th St. The new location will have 40,000 square feet with 24 hour access, a three lane lap pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and child care. Members also will be able to utilize other the Fitness One location in Norman.

Oklahoma Fidelity Bank at Interstate 35 and South 19th Street is also under construction in Moore. Oklahoma Fidelity is a division of Fidelity Bank out of Wichita, Kan.

Opening soon in Norman’s University North Park on 24th Avenue Northwest are Homegoods, DSW Shoe Warehouse, and Michael’s Arts & Crafts, joining several other recently opened locations in UNP including Mathis Brothers Lady Americana, Valliance Bank, and Starbucks. Michael’s is moving from Ed Noble Parkway.

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