Ardmore Commons adding retailers

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Construction on the Ardmore Commons Shopping Center started nearly a year ago. Developers say a lot of progress has been made, and a few retailers have staked their claim at the Commons.

Developers of the Ardmore Commons say in about 6 to 8 months we could see at least two national chain stores opening.

The owner and developer of the Ardmore Commons, Burk Collins, says Dollar Tree and Petco are set to occupy lease space in the upcoming months. So far the parking lot, lights, and some of the buildings are up.

The national department store chain Dunlap’s went out of business earlier this year. The department store was set to come to Ardmore. Now developers are looking at two other stores as a replacement.

Collins also confirmed Thursday that Santa Fe Cattle Company, a popular steak house, recently signed a lease agreement.

Developers say Ardmore could see at least $20 million a year in sales tax revenue.

"That’s the way retail works. Retail breeds retail. Once a national retailer makes a decision to go to a location it triggers other retailers to follow," Collins says.

The construction project is worth about $28 million, and developers expect to finish the project by October 2008.

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  • by pg on Dec 21, 2007 at 05:20 PM
    why is it that other towns are out growing ardmore? sherman is getting so many new shopping places and restaraunts. durant is passing us by...DURANT!!!!! all we get is more dollar stores...people are going out of town to shop every weekend, when they go they also eat that could have stayed here is being spent in these other towns. why?? i think i have the answer......wes stuckey..
  • by fridaygirl on Dec 21, 2007 at 05:04 PM
    ANOTHER dollar store!!!!! that pretty much says it all for ardmore. now we will have 6!!!! dollar stores to shop at. WOW..and after we shop at all of these dollar stores we can go to the new sante fe steakhouse to eat.. the people working there will be the same rude, don't give a crap people that worked in another ardmore eatery...PLEASE we need to run wes stuckey out!!! for the good ardmore.
  • by Curious Location: Ardmore on Dec 21, 2007 at 06:58 AM
    Wonder why some of those headline lease holders are not American Eagle, Dillards, Old Navy, Target??? Places people really shop at and drive to Norman and Dallas to get. Hate to see yet ANOTHER dollar store come in but the Santa Fe Steakhouse will be a nice change for us! Until they learn that customer service is NOT top priority in Ardmore!!
  • by josh Location: ardmore on Dec 20, 2007 at 08:28 PM
    ahhh, exactly what ardmore and carter county needs, ANOTHER "dollar store" geez, it seems like there's one of those stores on every block. it'd be nice if some higher end stores came to ardmore so people wouldn't have to travel to norman, gainesville, dallas, etc.
  • by Marvin Location: Austin on Dec 20, 2007 at 05:15 PM
    The slow progress of this center is quite troubling, especially considering that pad tenants like Santa Fe are being touted as the "traffic generators" for the center. If Dollar Tree and a paint store are the headline tenants (as it appears they are), then that spells doom for the center. I suppose the market demographics for Ardmore can't match those for Sherman, which has gained dozens of national retailers in the past couple of years, but to not merit a look from even the likes of Old Navy or Target - gotta wonder about that...
  • by Republican in Ardmore Location: Ardmore on Dec 20, 2007 at 05:11 PM
    Ardmore is going to make $20 million a year in new tax revenue while some of her at risk youth in the community are robbing businesses and commmitting other crimes. It's a shame Ardmore hasn't looked into building a new community center with many courts for ALL youths to enjoy at no cost or more baseball ball fields to play on during the summer. Yes, there is a YMCA, but you gotta pay an arm and a leg just to play basketball there.
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