MOORE — The pharmacy software company Computer-Rx will move its headquarters from south Oklahoma City to anchor a 17-acre mixed-used development off SW 19 Street called The Pipeline at Fritts Farm.
The more than 100 high-paying jobs Computer-Rx will bring to the area, along with the shops, office space and housing that are planned for The Pipeline development should help buoy the city's recovering economy, said Diedre Ebrey, director of economic development for the city of Moore.
“Having just gone through the tornado, this has really given us an emotional lift and it's going to give us an economic boost big time,” Ebrey said.
Founded in 1982, Oklahoma City-based Computer-Rx offers software for pharmacies, including pharmacy management programs, a point-of-sale system, and web and smartphone apps.
The company now leases office space at 11829 S Portland Ave. near Interstate 44 and SW 119 Street, but has run out of space at its current home, said Amy Nolen, purchasing director for Computer-Rx.
Computer-Rx plans to build a three-story, 50,000 square-foot office building overlooking a pond that is part of The Pipeline development on a chunk of vacant land south of SW 19 Street and west of Telephone Road that is part of the Fritts Farm development.
“It's such an up-and-coming area with easy highway access and it seems like everything has really fallen into place,” Nolen said.
The new building will have enough space to eventually house 450 workers, but Computer-Rx plans to lease out the ground floor of the building while it continues to grow, Nolen said.
Computer-RX hopes to break ground on the building in the first part of 2014 — the timing depends on the relocation of a drainage pond on part of the property.
Developer Jason Fritt wants to bring an urban feel to Moore with his vision for The Pipeline, with mixed-use buildings and loft-style apartments.
The pond and Computer-Rx building will be a focal point of the development, he said.
Preliminary plans for The Pipeline include on-street parking — the first of its kind in suburban Moore. The plans also call for two- and three-story office buildings and 14 units of housing that could accommodate small retailers on the ground floor.
Fritts believes Moore is ready for a new kind of urban-style development — on a small scale.
“We're confident that the location is good for this,” Fritts said. “While it might not be millions of square feet of development or even hundreds of thousands of square feet, we think we can do it in a small footprint and make the economics work.”