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December 30, 2012

2012 has been a good year for business

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NORMAN —

Crest Foods is expected in the fall of 2013, also in the UNP.

West Main Street east of I-35 is seeing a revitalization with the coming of Mitchell’s Jewelry and Freddy’s Custard. Forward Foods also moved westward from it’s downtown location and La Baguette is relocating west and expanding to a new location on Main Street, while the former site of Hobby Lobby on east Main Street will soon house a natural food store chain, Sunflower Farmers Market, out of California.

Bob Moore Cadillac celebrated the grand opening of the new dealership site in early December. The 26,000 square foot of state-of-the-art dealership is the first Cadillac dealership in the United States to be built entirely to Cadillac specs, including marble, custom cabinetry and wood provided by Cadillac.

Several new businesses opened this year in Historic Downtown Norman including Massive Downtown, Syrup Restaurant, Das Boot Camp, and Ampy Shanty.

In September, Norman said good-bye to Native Roots, a locally owned and operated natural grocer.

Co-owner Sara Kaplan said leaving was the hardest decision the family has ever made.

The Kaplans worked with Norman developer Richard McKown to put a store in the ground floor of his newly completed high-density residential apartment building, Level in the Deep Deuce area of Oklahoma City.

“Our intention was to have two stores,” Kaplan said in August. “There’s only so many dollars that people spend on groceries. Sunflower’s coming, Crest is coming, a new Neighborhood Walmart is coming. Before everything explodes, we’re going to move.”

Kaplan said only a handful of cities nationwide have policies to protect small, locally owned stores from encroachment from larger chains.

“We’re sad to leave Norman. It’s our hometown. It will always be our hometown,” she said.

Norman also said good-bye to Marc Heitz, owner of Marc Heitz Chevrolet and welcomed David Stanley Chevrolet as the new owner of the auto dealership in mid December.

Joy Hampton366-3539jhampton@normantranscript.com

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