The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

18 June 2005

Filling a big box

The city of Edmond was fretting.

Wal-Mart was building a new Supercenter near I-35 and 15th Street, and initial opposition from area homeowners had been largely answered, but one question still remained: What happens to the old store at 33rd and Broadway?

The answer came from Jackson Development, developer of a number of shopping areas in town, which will buy the box and convert it to an upscale strip when Wal-Mart officially moves next summer.

Those who worry that the American landscape is being converted into an endless stretch of "empty, hulking husks of abandoned Wal-Marts" will have one less husk to count.

Posted at 9:44 AM to City Scene

Yes, the worst case scenario was that someone might put in a CHURCH or some other non sales-tax abomination. Never mind the fact that the new Wal-Mart is IN Edmond, so there would be no loss of sales tax revenue one way or the other.

Posted by: Dan at 10:45 AM on 18 June 2005

Still, city budget types panic easily. Warr Acres lost their Wal-Mart to a Supercenter just up the Northwest Distressway — but it's in Oklahoma City limits. And the Village is jumping for joy over the possibility that the old Albertson's store and the Jackie Cooper dealership, both closed, will be razed and replaced with an upscale strip.

Me, I just want to see the old buildings reused.

Posted by: CGHill at 11:13 AM on 18 June 2005

Another possibility is that Incredible Pizza will move in. They have 3 locations (Springfield MO, Tulsa & Warr Acres) and they intentionally look for abandoned Wal-Marts. Saves them the cost of building huge buildings.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe Guy" at 4:15 PM on 18 June 2005

yes, we were pretty happy to see the empty shell of a building converted into Incredible Pizza. I haven't had the opportunity to visit yet but met some of the employees at a local watering hole. I think the trend of finding these older buildings and renovating them as opposed to demolition for other styles is more resourceful and should prove more profitable; at least to the city coffers anyway.

Posted by: Joe at 7:07 PM on 18 June 2005

They have at least 4 locations. The latest opened last month on NW Expressway in Oklahoma City.

Posted by: Jan at 7:44 PM on 18 June 2005

Well, the Edmond box is now spoken for. The next Wal-Mart box to be abandoned, I'm thinking, will be the one near Reno and Midwest Blvd.; there are Supercenters going in at I-40 and Sooner Road and at NE 23rd and Douglas.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:05 AM on 19 June 2005

We should already be planning what to do with all the empty Walgreen's stores once that company goes belly up.

Posted by: bruce at 10:33 AM on 19 June 2005

At least Walgreen's leaves smaller boxes behind.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:43 AM on 19 June 2005

Walgreen's going belly up? They've been on a new-store opening spree here in Georgia for years.

Posted by: McGehee at 4:00 PM on 19 June 2005

I was excited about the Incredible Pizza place too but them I saw their electronic sign exhorting me to Jezuz and I thought as a non-christian I shouldnt submit myself to the prosletyzing that surely awaits my family and me inside.

Oh well, let the market forces rule! We are a capitalist nation after all ... I'll have to be content with Mr. Rat's on down the street ... where the pizza is lousy but the scenery ecumenical :)

Posted by: Ron at 8:24 AM on 20 June 2005

Wow -- how unfair that the better pizza comes with a press gang of Christian brainwashers crouching under your table waiting to catch you off-guard and carry you off to Jezuz.

But I guess if lousy pizza is the price we have to pay for peace of mind... ;-)

Posted by: McGehee at 8:58 AM on 20 June 2005

It must be part of that "Dead Man on a Stick" pizza chain (OK I borrowed the term from George Carlin :)

Posted by: Ron at 11:19 AM on 20 June 2005