New shopping center coming soon to Ardmore

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) -- A piece of land on 12th street will soon be the newest shopping center in Ardmore and some of the retailers plan to open as early as next year.

"We look at a lot of different things and hear a lot of different people talk about bringing businesses in Ardmore," Assistant City Manager Kevin Boatright said. "What we really look at is what our citizens need and some of that need is determined by what do most people have to go out of town for."

Boatright said the project will cost about $20 million total .

On Monday night the city agreed to pay up to $5.5 million toward the project as progress is made.

The money is coming from property taxes.

Boatright says the shopping center, known as Market Street at Ardmore, will be about 160,000 square feet and will bring in new restaurants and retail shops.

One store coming to town is Academy Sports and Outdoors and possibly another grocery store.

"I think there is need here because I do know there are a lot of people --
part of it has to do with our geographic location -- there are people hunting, fishing and sports is big here in Southern Oklahoma," Boatright said.

Locals say they are looking forward to staying in town for their shopping needs now that they have a variety of retail stores.

"I'm one of those that would go out of town to shop so I am grateful to be able to stay local and do my shopping," Rachel Benson said.

"Particularly on 12th Street, I think it's made all the difference in the world as far as things to do and places to go," Eric Jones said.

Boatright says they will be breaking ground in late spring or early summer.

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