The Edmond Sun

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June 22, 2012

Developer seeks shopping center changes

New anchor tenant could be Reasor’s grocery store

EDMOND — Plans are once again changing for the undeveloped Bridges at Spring Creek shopping center.

Sooner Investment, the developer who owns the land south of Hafer Park on Bryant Avenue and just north of 15th Street, is planning to put in a grocery store rather than a department store, pending approval from the Edmond Planning Commission.

The commission was set to hear the proposal in its meeting June 19, but rescheduled the meeting for July 17 at the request of Attorney Randel Shadid, who represents the developer. The Planning Commission typically meets at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council chambers, 10 S. Littler.

“I’m asking that grocery store be allowed on the east side,” confirmed Shadid on the phone Friday. “We lost our big department store tenant, so we’re changing game plans.”

Paperwork filed with the Planning Commission say Reasor’s, a Tahlequah-based grocer, will go in as the main store on the east side of the development. Shadid and a representative from the grocery chain would not confirm that report, but a model photo of the Bixby store was submitted to the Planning Commission for comparison.

The store would be the largest of the five buildings built on the property and could be as large as 85,000 square feet, according to an application submitted by Shadid.

A long time coming

This shopping center has been planned for about six years. It was first rezoned by the City Council in June 2006, but met a firestorm from residents who signed petitions in massive numbers for a public vote that November.

The rezoning was approved for commercial use in April 2007, but was extended in March 2008 by the Planning Commission when the U.S. economy was in the throes of a recession.

Since then the project has been continually put off and adjustments have been made from the original plans that looked to build as many as seven stores in January 2008.

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