• With Wages Rising, The Fast Food Industry Plans Its Next Move

    Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Fast food companies have built their empires by paying workers the least that is legally required, often with an aim to keep their prices low. Now, around the country, the cost of doing business for these employers looks set to rise as lawmakers seriously consider minimum wages increases. What began as a small movement in New York in 2012 now has executives seriously considering how to manage higher pay. “We will work very, very aggressively with our franchisees to mitigate minimum wage” increases, Dunkin’ Brands CEO Nigel Travis told investors on an earnings call last week. “And we will continue to work with them to implement the best programs we can.”

  • Abercrombie hijab lawsuit final chapter written

    BY BILL SHERMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Tulsa Muslim woman against Abercrombie & Fitch is effectively over after the store dropped its appeal . The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the suit in 2009 against Abercrombie & Fitch after the store’s Woodland Hills outlet refused to hire then teenager Samantha Elauf because she wears a religiously-mandated hijab, or head covering. The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled June 1 in Elauf’s favor, and sent it back to the 10th U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver for further resolution.

  • Outlet mall zoning plans scrapped for Tulsa-area site

    BY JARREL WADE, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    The plans to rezone private property near Turkey Mountain were officially taken off the table Monday morning, apparently locking in the developer's previously announced plans to build in Jenks.  Representatives of Simon Property Group had requested several delays for Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission meeting discussion on rezoning the property near Turkey Mountain.  TMAPC Chairman Michael Covey said the developer's attorney Louis Reynolds emailed commission members Monday morning, asking them to remove the zoning change from consideration.

  • OKC not likely to get big corporate HQ relocation

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Brianna Bailey chatted with readers Thursday morning about Oklahoma City retail and other business stories developing downtown. You can join Brianna's Q&A's on the second Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant's straw, left-over Sonic slush cup will be for grabs in eBay auction

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    eBay auction proceeds from Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant’s memorabilia will benefit Sonic’s efforts to provide supplies to school teachers.

  • American Fidelity considers retail, office buildings, hotel for northeast Oklahoma City site

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    American Fidelity plans to develop 92 acres in northeast Oklahoma City at the former headquarters of the Oklahoma Publishing Co. The insurance company bought the facility and surrounding acreage for $74.95 million in 2012.

  • Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen doesn’t have plan for Oklahoma City just yet

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Brianna Bailey chatted with readers Thursday morning about Oklahoma City retail and other business stories developing downtown. You can join Brianna's Q&A's on the second Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

  • Window Shopping business briefs for June 11

    Published: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Window Shopping business briefs for June 11, 2015

  • First National tenants may have more time to relocate

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    The California developer set to buy First National Center this summer wants tenants to know they will likely have more than 60 days to find new arrangements and they may be offered a chance to temporarily relocate within the complex during construction. Tenants said Tuesday they were notified by building management the property is set to sell on July 22 and they will have 60 days to vacate. But in an interview with The Oklahoman on Wednesday, the buyer, Stephen Goodman, said construction requiring tenants to leave won’t begin “for at least six months.” “It’s not our desire to relocate or displace anyone,” Goodman said. “But we have health hazard issues with asbestos removal that still must be done.

  • Delta Cafe in Edmond closes doors

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    The Delta Cafe, 3301 S Boulevard, has been shuttered after almost 16 years in business in the Edmond Market Place shopping center.

  • Oklahoma City development Chisholm Creek may get Republic Gastropub, 300 apartments

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Planning Commission will consider a zoning change on June 11 for multifamily housing at the northwest Oklahoma City development of Chisholm Creek.

  • Oklahoma City restaurant Urban Roots has closed its doors in Deep Deuce

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    After five years, the restaurant and music venue Urban Roots is shutting down.

  • Natural Grocers to anchor refurbished retail center in Edmond

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    Oklahoma City’s Vanguard Development has turned a corner with Edmond Market Place. Vanguard Development bought low when it bought Edmond Market Place in 2013 — but then the shopping center was at a low.

  • Oklahoman Toby Keith works to give Hollywood Corners a star-studded makeover

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    The longtime Oklahoma retail establishment in Norman is getting an update, and adding a deli.

  • Window shopping business briefs for June 4

    Published: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    Window shopping business briefs for June 4, 2015

  • Oklahoma City barber raising funds to open state's first mobile barber shop

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Oklahoma City barber Bruce Waight dreams of transforming a 1960s Airstream into Oklahoma’s first mobile barber shop. He’s started a crowd-funding campaign to raise $20,500 to remodel the RV.

  • Kite Properties pays $51 million for another Oklahoma City-area shopping center

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Updated: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Indianapolis-based Kite Properties already owned Silver Springs Pointe in Oklahoma City, University Town Center in Norman, and Shops at Moore in Moore. Kite paid $51 million for Belle Isle Station Shopping Center.

  • Grandad's, an Uptown Oklahoma City beer bar and music venue, to reopen with new focus

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Grandad’s, a popular beer bar and country western music venue in Uptown, is set to reopen under different ownership i:n Oklahoma City.

  • Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey shows Oklahomans optimistic for 2015

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Oklahoma consumers also showed an increase in confidence as it relates to business conditions over the next five years.

  • Oklahoma City's Plaza District is home to more development

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Updated: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Two empty lots in the Oklahoma City Plaza District will be built as mixed-use housing and add retail to the eatery-heavy area.




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