Around Town: The old, the new, the different

The Neighborhood Market Walmart on West Rock Creek Road is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will soon have additional amenities for pickup services. 

New Norman businesses came online with changes in state liquor laws while established businesses modified their space to adopt new allowances like coolers and product sales. Now, several businesses are poised to become medical marijuana dispensaries. 

Watching it all unfold will be interesting to say the least.

While these are dramatic changes, the truth is, business is constantly changing and updating to stay abreast of consumer demands.

Still, sometimes, we like old stuff too — like our historic buildings on downtown Main Street or, in the case of the old Denco Cafe building which burned in 2015, a rebuild that honors the original building. That historic rendition will house a modern concept dreamed up by a young restauranteur.

Further west on Main, Andy Rieger and I debated the age of the Hastings building and whether its the same structure that was once a Safeway.

His cousin was apparently a night stocker there (better than being a night stalker) and Andy remembers it had to be mid- to late-70s, but surely not as late as 1979.

Who am I to get caught between the county assessor records and Andy’s perfect memory?

I remember the Hastings, of course, from it’s early days when it was a new concept. Now it, and myself, have grown old. Netflix, RedBox, Amazon and iTunes have pretty much rendered book, music and video rental stores obsolete.

Life changes, after all, and then it changes again. Until next week, #ShopNorman.


• Main Street

The former Hastings Books, Music and Video property, 2300 W. Main St., is being sold in a real estate auction. Sealed bids are due July 25 to

The property is advertised as “highly visible” with an average daily traffic count of 50,000 plus vehicles. The single-tenant building is 35,771 square feet on 2.74 acres built with access from both Main and 24th Avenue.

County assessor records indicate the current building was built in 1979, but deeds indicated Safeway purchased the property in 1970 and a 1977 Norman phone book lists Safeway Bake Shop at that address.


• Southeast Norman

New store, MABs Natural Solutions, 2315 E. Lindsey St., carries aromatherapy, CBD oil and other holistic therapy products. The store just opened this week and will carry medical marijuana in the near future.

Private school, Terra Verde, 1000 36th Ave. SE, recently purchased a $1.6 million building permit for new construction to build a combination gym, auditorium, and cafeteria with construction starting in February and hopes for an August 2018 completion date.

The school recently completed a new middle school wing in August 2017.


• West Norman

Outback Steakhouse, 860 Interstate Dr., is undergoing a $450,000 interior remodel, according to city building permits.

The restaurant manager said no further information is available at this time.

The Neighborhood Market Walmart at 3571 W. Rock Creek Rd. is undergoing a $116,000 remodel.

Walmart expects to spend an estimated $42 million over the next year in Oklahoma through the remodeling of 12 stores as well as the rollout of several in-store and online innovations designed to help busy customers save time and money.

The spend is part of Walmart’s total capital expenditures guidance of approximately $11.0 billion for Fiscal Year 2019, which was outlined last October at the company’s annual meeting for the investment community and reiterated in February 2018.

The Moore location, 640 S.E. 4th St. is also on the list slated for improvements.

CiCi’s Pizza, 540 W. Main St., is doing $90,000 worth of fire damage repairs, according to a recent building permit.

Inside Sooner Mall, Journeys, the teen-oriented chain supplying casual, surf and skate-inspired clothes, shoes and accessories, is finishing up a $44,800 remodel.

Robinson Village, LLC, 501 E. Robinson St., a $552,284 investment received a building permit to do foundations. The facility will be an active seniors community.

A building permit was recently issued for a remodel of the Delta Norman by Marriott, 1000 Interstate Dr.

Norman Music Institute Theater is expanding and is building a new location just down the block from their currently location. The new address at 2795 Broce Dr., represents a $500,000-plus investment and should be completed by August.


Classen Boulevard

Starbucks, 3051 Classen Blvd., is nearing completion with a recent city building permit for interior finish valued at $804,183.

Sandy Beaches Sun Spa, 2627 Classen Blvd. Suite 124 is doing a $50,000 expansion.

Classen Crossing Apartments, 2608-2664 Classen Blvd. recently received an occupancy permit from the city. Classen Crossing features two and three bedroom units in a private, gated community.

That community is comprised of 44 smoke-free units with upscale interiors, energy efficient stainless steel appliances, over the range microwave, washer and dryer and access to the 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center at East Village.

Classen Landing, 1915 Classen Blvd., bought a new shell building permit for a $1.6 million investment. Classen Landing will include over 19,000 square feet of new retail shops and a restaurant at Classen and Lindsey coming in the fall.

Expect a new Aldi grocery store at south Classen Avenue and Highway 9. This will be the second Norman location.


• Northwest Norman

INOK Investments is finishing out a warehouse space for a tenant at 4150 28th Ave. NW. At this time the real estate investment company is not ready to name the tenant.

Edith & Branch Salon, 3522 24th Ave. NW is coming soon. With a dedication to “sustainable beauty” this is a Davines concept salon dedicated to “overall beauty and conserving the world around us,” according to

Thai Thai, 3522 24th Ave. NW, by Sooner Traditions represents a $100,000 new construction investment, according to city building permits.

Black Mesa Brewing Co., 3901 N. Flood Ave., is making a $500,000 investment to move to Norman, according to city building permits.

Norman Pediatric Associates, 3231 Healthplex Dr., is investing in a $4.2 million building, according to city permits.

Tribute Memorial Care is building a new funeral home at 3601 Tecumseh Dr. for a $1.8 million investment, according to city building permits.

The Press & Plow, 2596 W. Tecumseh Rd., appears to be nearing completion. Based on a March building permit, it’s a coffee shop, but it looks like one side offers coffee and “provisions” while the other side offers fine wine and spirits.

In the same Tecumseh Retail Center, Land Run Grill is also nearing completion including a sizable patio. These join RCB Bank, Flaunt and Amour Nails & Spa.

Brookfield Custom Homes LLC received an occupancy permit for the Keller Williams office, 3421 W. Rock Creek Rd., Suite 100 valued at $140,000.

Brookfield Custom Homes LLC received a new shell permit at 3311 W. Rock Creek Rd. for Legacy Office Park valued at $500,000, according to building permits. Monterey Construction Office will take Suite 130 of the Legacy Office Park with a $105,000 value.

Full Circle Adult Daycare Center guests and staff are getting new digs at 4223 28th Ave. NW. The $1.16 million facility is just getting started and will be built by Landmark Fine Homes.


• University North Park

Petco, 1670 24th Ave. NW, is getting an interior remodel representing $250,000 investment, according to city building permits.

A GoHealth Urgent Care, 2312 24th Ave. NW is coming just northwest of Embassy Suites. An interior finish building permit for the $335,000 facility was issued recently.

Brain Balance will be coming to Norman at 1806 24th Ave. NW. Brain Balance helps children who struggle behaviorally, socially, and academically through a holistic and integrated approach that is customized to meet the needs of each child. The nationwide franchise already has a location in Oklahoma City.


• Lindsey Street

Opie’s House of Spirits, 1430 W Lindsey St., has permanently closed, but stay tuned for information on what new business might come to this area in the future. 


• Northeast Norman

Lions Park, 1800 Northcliff Ave., will get a new pavilion worth $150,000, according to city building permits.


• Campus and Campus Corner

Othello’s, 434 Buchanan Ave., is aiming for a reopening the second week in July. Spearman Investments, Inc. is putting $50,000 worth of repairs into the restaurant.

Chase Bank is moving away from its current location, 116 S Peters Ave. across from Cleveland County Courthouse, to 215 W. Boyd St. on Campus Corner. The grand opening is slated for Aug. 20. The county plans to build a parking garage to serve downtown Norman on the current location.

The Porch, 311 West Boyd St., is open. Owned by Norman’s own Ryan and Mary Beth Broyles, along with Joey Bess and proprietor Ray Reyes, the local eatery is aiming to create a community feel. The restaurant serves sandwiches, a signature line of flavored adult teas, wine and beer. Vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian options are also on the menu.

Kong’s Tavern will open in the spring at the former site of Brothers. Coming soon: Skinny Slim’s, 320 White St., a sports bar.


 • Ed Noble Parkway

Gaberino’s Homestyle Italian Restaurant is moving to the old Chili’s building, 400 Ed Noble Parkway. Owners Mitch and Laura Duprez said they recently closed on property which they purchased.

They will open this summer and are targeting mid-July. Gaberino’s is currently located in Red Bud Plaza where it has been for the last seven years.

The new space will be larger and allow for a full bar including mixed beverages. There will also be a patio and a special event room. The restaurant also includes vegan and gluten free options.

“It’s a great area and it’s accessible,” said Laura of Ed Noble Parkway. “I hope we’ll be part of the revitalization.”


• Alameda Square and east Norman

A new construction building permit was recently issued for the 24th Ave. Church of Christ, 1660 24th Ave. SE, across the street and to the southwest of Ronald Reagan Elementary. The estimated value of the new church is $768,000.

FFO Home discount furniture store is coming to 831 Sonoma Park Dr. north of Walmart on 12th Avenue NE. According to the new construction building permit, the value of the future store will be $1.65 million.


• Downtown Norman

Plans for BIG Brew Co. brewery with taproom is proposed for 216 East Main St. (south side of Main at Peters Avenue) are moving forward with plans to open in the fall. BIG Brew plans to have eight to 10 taps and expand to 12-15 as the market allows.

Residential building permits for – June 21-27

Three permits for new single family residences were issued with a combined reported valuation of $839,570.

The average reported value is $279,857.

Nine permits for addition or alterations to residential property were issued with a combined reported valuation of $84,280. Five of which were storm shelters.

Seven applications for new single family residences were submitted with a reported valuation of $2,388,205. The average reported value is $341,172.

An application to repair fire damage was summited for 3140 & 3144 Millbrook Square.

Six applications for addition or alteration to residential property were submitted with a reported valuation of $186,500. One of which was a storm shelter.

A Demo application was summited for 815 N. Stewart Ave. 

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