New national retailer coming to Ardmore

By: Shelby Levins Email
By: Shelby Levins Email

ARDMORE, OK – A new store and large national retailer is coming to the city of Ardmore. It’s good news for area shoppers and city leaders looking to keep those shopping dollars close to home. Shelby Levins brings us the details.

Right now the lot next to Stage holds just a pile of dirt. And the sign space in the Ardmore Commons remains empty. But that’s all about to change.

“I’m happy to say that Ross for Dress for Less Stores is coming to Ardmore,” said Burk Collins, the Ardmore Commons property owner and real-estate developer.

Collins said after two years of negotiations with the store, the lease is now finalized and Ross will be opening in Ardmore in 2010.

“It makes our shopping center 90% leased, it gives a national retailer a presence here in Ardmore which everybody has been looking for quite some time,” said Collins.

Local shoppers we talked to agreed with Collins and told First News they were excited the retailer is coming to town. But another store in the Ardmore Commons strip mall isn't just good news and another option for shoppers. City leader say it will translate into big bucks for the city itself.

“It brings in revenue for the city in the form of sales tax and sales tax is the life blood of the inner-city,” said John Moore, the Vice Mayor of Ardmore.

Vice Mayor Moore says the money generated in sales tax could go to brining in new projects or repairing old streets.

Being a Southern Oklahoman himself, Collins said he’s happy to be a part of improving the Ardmore economy, and is thankful he’s not feeling the affects of the slumping national economy.

“Our business is as a good as it's been for the last 8 or 9 years,” said Collins. “The only difference is it's hard to get money for new projects, it's almost impossible in fact.”

But don’t worry, Collins says that’s not slowing progress on his properties. He already has some other deals in the works. Collins says he plans to bring two more restaurants to the Ardmore Commons and a Big Lots store is signed to lease the old Goody’s at Mountainview Mall.


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  • by Bob Location: Ardmore on May 18, 2009 at 02:37 PM
    I am in SHOCK!! that the city of Ardmore,Ok is letting Ross & Big Lots come to town!! I say YEAH!!!! it is about time this city start's growning.. I lived here in the mid 60's & moved because the City was not going to grow. Guess what? After 38 years, I am back(not by choice) & I do not see much difference. The City wants to stay in the stone ages, that is so sad, no wonder the young generation moves away. Let's hope that this little town gets more stores & just maybe a real grocery store,besides Walmart & Homeland, not much to choose from, two grocery stores, that sends a message that they do not care what the citizens of Ardmore really want. More choices! So I say bring in the better stores, more restaurant, Now we can enjoy more shopping & not have to travel to Texas.
  • by MS Location: Ardmore on May 15, 2009 at 01:37 PM
    I really want to see TJ maxx come here at least they sell higher end merchandise. Im good with anything new dont get me wrong. I agree with (m) same ole same ole in with the new.
  • by Mom Location: Ardmore on May 15, 2009 at 12:16 PM
    I am excited about the Ross, its about time we have somewhere to go in Ardmore for clothing. I drive to Dallas and OKC to shop for clothes. Maybe eventually we will get a Kohls, Old Navy, or yeah.. a Super Target. I hate Wal-Mart, I only go there if I have to!!! Which is not very dang often.
  • by B Location: Healdton on May 15, 2009 at 11:24 AM
    I think Ardmore needs new businesses. I just wish that they would put an Olive Garden here. Also, HOw about a K-Mart. Sure,sure, I know we had one but since K-Mart left,several years ago, Wal-Mart has had a field day jacking with people. As for other places, Golden Corral, Red Lobster, Church's chicken. We love to eat:)
  • by me Location: carter county on May 15, 2009 at 07:48 AM
    WE WANT SUPER TARGET!!! DOWN WITH WALMART DOWN WITH WALMART!!!!!!
  • by M Location: ardmore on May 15, 2009 at 07:48 AM
    Im all for new companies coming here. I was excited when they started this project, then I watched sadly as our old businesses moved into the new buildings..same ol same ol....only in a new building. stop letting places like stage and supercuts and hibbet sports move into the new buildings and bring in some new business!! Guess Ill hafta keep going to NORMAN!!
  • by J Location: Ardmore on May 15, 2009 at 05:16 AM
    Gosh, if you get this worked up over a 12 word response I made to an article regarding a Ross clothing store, I wonder how you handle the serious things in life. Look at you, using a bunch of exclamation marks and accusing me of being harmful to the community, all stemming from my lack of excitement for a Ross Dress For Less. Wow. Lighten up, enjoy your day.
  • by Ardmoreite1 Location: Ardmore on May 15, 2009 at 12:15 AM
    Someone bring in a Golden Corral!!! And a better JC Penneys. And an Old Navy. And a Dillards. Always gotta drive to Sherman or OKC for these stores.
  • by Harry Cox Location: Healdton on May 14, 2009 at 11:14 PM
    This is good news for ok.maybe J wants to hold out for a Pontiac plant..........
  • by Anonymous on May 14, 2009 at 08:40 PM
    Sounds like Ardmore is getting a Town Center just like Sherman did! Just bulldoze those trees and pave the entire 75 acres or so and put up a parking lot. Signs of progress!! Woohoo!! I just hope they do a better job of traffic control than Sherman did.
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