One of Bricktown’s oldest properties is undergoing the transformation from a warehouse to offices and retail as Standley Systems looks to make the building its new Oklahoma City hub.
The company, celebrating its 75th anniversary, is based in Chickasha but has offices in Oklahoma City, Duncan, Lawton and Ardmore. The company bought the former Melton Lab building, 3 E Main, in 2006 at auction for $940,000. "We looked at other buildings here in Bricktown,” said Tim Elliott, president and chief executive officer. "There was one down the street I really wanted, but they wanted too much money and it has to be torn down.” The 35,000-square-foot building was home to Melton Labs for at least a quarter century, and Elliott said the business was still using the building for storage and offices when it went up for auction. The warehouse was built in 1903 and for decades it was home to Carroll, Brough & Robinson wholesale grocers. The operation continued through the 1940s after it was bought by what would become Fleming Foods. Elliott is amazed at the impressions left by the wholesale grocery, including depressed pathways in the wood floor where carts were wheeled to loading docks. The building was originally two stories tall with a third added in later years.