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Price Edwards offers tasty retail report for Oklahoma City

Grocery stores and fitness centers are looking for space. Meanwhile, retail investment sales are on a slow upswing. Needed: more improvement in capital markets and the economy in general, and some let up in economic uncertainty.
by Richard Mize Published: July 9, 2011
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Let's add hunger pangs and guilt complexes to the psychographics behind retail development.

Why? Because grocery stores and fitness centers are making splashes in Oklahoma City, Price Edwards & Co. notes in a new report.

Gold's Gym is back in a big way, with three big centers and several smaller ones, and both LA Fitness and Planet Fitness are on the prowl for locations, Price Edwards said in its midyear retail market summary, which is available at www.priceedwards.com.

Grocers are looking again, too, after a decade or so rest following the Great Grocery Store Wars of the '90s, sparked, and sustained, mostly by Walmart Supercenters.

“Everybody knows about the Whole Foods under construction at Classen Curve,” Price Edwards said. “Sunflower has signed a lease at (NW 63) and May and is seeking other locations. Sprouts continues to search for locations. Aldi plans to add several stores. Buy for Less is doing a fresh market concept in Edmond. Crest is planning more of its market stores after the success of the South May location.”

Investment sales

Retail investment sales are on a slow upswing. In the first half of the year there were five shopping center sales totaling almost $55 million, compared with just four sales in all of 2010 totaling $7.8 million, and none in 2009.

“As is common when markets begin to recover, the sales are at the top of the market and the bottom of the market — institutional investors looking for stable, safe investments and entrepreneurial local investors seeking to reposition assets and generate higher returns,” Price Edwards said.

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by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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