Despite the retailer's secrecy, officials in Midwest City and Moore confirmed three Dick's Sporting Goods locations as the retailer readies to open four metro area stores simultaneously this fall.
The Midwest City store will be in Town Center Plaza, north of Interstate 40 at Air Depot. In Moore, work has begun on a store in the Fritts Farm retail development on SW 19.
And construction already is under way on a store at N Pennsylvania Avenue and Memorial Road in Oklahoma City.
A fourth location in the west metro area is expected, but has not been
Yukon City Manager Grayson Bottom said he wasn't aware of any deals in the works.
Dick's Sporting Goods, the largest sporting goods retailer with more than 480 stores nationwide, will likely orchestrate typical big grand openings at all four stores on the same day. Deidre Ebrey, economic development director for the City of Moore, said Moore was the fourth of those area contracts to be signed.
Tulsa stores' experience
In November, Dick's opened three stores in Tulsa. Their debut included autograph signings from several high profile athletes, including Oklahoma City Thunder NBA players Russell Westbrook and James Harden, former NFL and University of Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer and NFL Hall of Fame running backs Barry Sanders and Thurman Thomas. The retailer also typically has giveaways and free gifts at its store openings.
Developer of the Moore location, Dallas-based Direct Development, is led by former NFL quarterback Troy Aikman.
“I wouldn't be surprised if he made an appearance,” Ebrey said. “He's been affiliated with Fritz Farm for a long time.”
The Moore store will be 60,000 square feet in size, located just west of the Target store which opened last summer. Other new retailers to join the area include Qdoba, Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, LensCrafters, Jersey Mike's Subs, Orange Leaf, Great Clips and Sprint.
The City of Moore offered Dick's a sales tax rebate similar to the agreement it has made with Target, Warren Theatres and other retailers.
Construction hasn't begun yet on the Midwest City store. City Manager Guy Henson said the community is looking forward to having a major sporting goods store for shoppers in Midwest City as well as attracting them from other communities.
Dick's has not confirmed any of the locations. Catalyst Public Relations, which handles publicity for Dick's, did not respond to a request for comment by deadline.
However, on the Dick's website are two job listings for management positions in Oklahoma City.