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Retail growth in Edmond, Oklahoma, is not limited to Interstate 35

Sunflower Farmers Market near downtown and Uptown Grocery Co. near Oak Tree and Coffee Creek additions will soon draw some of the retail development spotlight.
BY RICHARD MIZE Published: February 5, 2012

The Edmond store is going into a long-troubled space that people are glad to see put to good use, said Janet Yowell, executive director of the Edmond Economic Development Authority.

Uptown Grocery, Norman said, “is stunning.” The 50,000-square-foot store, with a red brick exterior and big windows resembling an old-time warehouse, is nearing completion by Hank Binkowski, owner and president of Uptown and of the Buy For Less grocery chain. Binkowski has called it a cross between Whole Foods Market and the Texas H-E-B grocery chain.

Norman said north Edmond has needed a grocery for a long time.

“Folks at Oak Tree (addition) have lived there for 30 years and have never had a grocery store. Think about that,” he said, guessing that a nearby Walgreens probably sells a lot of bread, milk and other basics.

Norman said fully developed Coffee Creek addition, north of Covell just east of Kelly; Cheyenne Middle School, west of Kelly; and the planned widening of Covell to a four-lane boulevard all bode well for more stores in the area.

“It's what retailers are looking for,” he said.