Oklahoma retail briefs for July 24, 2014

Oklahoma retail briefs for July 24, 2014
Oklahoman Published: July 23, 2014
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Main Event plans Tulsa location

Dallas-based Main Event Entertainment plans to build a new family entertainment center at 7830 S Santa Fe Ave. in Tulsa. Main Event offers bowling, multilevel laser tag, billiards and restaurants. A commercial building permit filed with the City of Tulsa lists the estimated cost of the project at $6.2 million and the declared value of the proposed building at $11 million. According to the permit, the proposed construction will be 150,000 square feet. In a previous company release, however, Main Event has noted that its locations range in size from 45,000 to 75,000 square feet. In November 2013, the company, which touts itself as “the fastest-growing family entertainment chain in America,” opened its first location outside Texas in Tempe, Ariz., as part of its national expansion. The company previously has mentioned that it has other locations under development, including one in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

Google features cafe Evoke

Cafe Evoke has been selected by Google Inc. to serve as Oklahoma’s case study example of a business that is utilizing e-commerce to achieve better results with limited resources. Jason Duncan, co-owner of Cafe Evoke, relied heavily on the Internet to build the Evoke brand. “In fact, I’m not sure we would have grown the way we did, nor do I think I would have been able to pull off this type of business without the Web and the connections it allowed me,” Duncan said. He uses a variety of Google tools to help him make the most of the web. Google Analytics gives him insight into how his online efforts, like a blog and social media, are performing. Google Apps, including Gmail, Calendar, and Drive allow him to streamline operations. “Google powers our mobile coffee business, through Google Calendar and Google Drive, which we expect to grow even more by the end of the year,” Duncan said. For more information about Cafe Evoke or where Oklahoma stands see Google’s Economic Impact Report at www.google.com/economicimpact.

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