MOORE — Retail here boomed all the way through the recession and the shopping keeps getting bigger, better and more exclusive.
Two big names — Dick's Sporting Goods and Hemispheres — are adding excitement to the retail scene in Moore. Dick's, one of four metro area stores opening Nov. 2, is being built on the Fritts Farm development on the south side of SW 19 — home to Target, Home Depot and many other retailers. Hemispheres, an upscale furniture store affiliated with Hobby Lobby, plans to build a 50,000-square-foot store at SW 19 and Telephone Road, opening in late spring.
Two restaurant concepts are planning to open in a strip center under construction near Interstate 35 service road in front of the Warren Theatre — Oliveto Italian Bistro, a casual Italian restaurant concept by Mazzio's pizza, and Freebirds World Burrito, which closed a former store in Norman.
Deidre Ebrey, economic development director for the city of Moore, said retail in Moore has changed dramatically over the last few years. But it's the size and type of retailers recently that have taken the area to the next level, she said.
Hemispheres has just one Oklahoma City store at 5561 Northwest Expressway; the chain's other five retail locations are in Texas. Hobby Lobby spokeswoman Mandi Broadfoot said the company considers several factors when building a new store.
“We constantly evaluate demand and how we can best serve our customers in easily accessible locations. Moore is a growing community and we are looking forward to serving our customers in this city,” she said.
Ebrey added that the city was thrilled to get a Hobby Lobby store, which opened in 2010 on the east side of Interstate 35.
“We never dreamed we'd get the creme de la creme of that chain,” she said of Hemispheres. “That's big for us.”
Securing Dick's was another boon to the city, Ebrey said, and the Moore store will be one of the larger locations — at 60,000-square-feet with an attached pro shop. Based in Pennsylvania, the sporting goods retailer has notoriously large grand openings featuring sports celebrities and opens multiple stores in one market simultaneously.
The other metro area stores are in Oklahoma City at N Pennsylvania Avenue and Memorial Road, SW 3 between Rockwell and MacArthur and in Midwest City in Town Center Plaza, north of Interstate 40 at Air Depot.
Dick's took advantage of a tax rebate incentive of $1 million over four years, or $250,000 a year, offered by Moore to help attract the retailer, Ebrey said. Similar incentives were given to the Warren Theatre and Target.
Fritts Farm has available space west of the new Dick's suitable for smaller box stores like Toys R Us, Babies R Us or a bookstore, Ebrey said. There is also space along Telephone Road south of SW 19 and the Fritts family is interested in adding residential development at some point, Ebrey added.
Developers are also interested in the space between the Fort Thunder Harley Davidson Motorcycles dealership and Lowe's just south of the Warren Theater, Ebrey said.
“There are still these little pockets that are gems,” she said.
We constantly evaluate demand and how we can best serve our customers in easily accessible locations. Moore is a growing community and we are looking forward to serving our customers in this city.”