Garage owner Marsh Pitman offered Clark a space facing Sheridan Avenue that was previously home to a dress shop. After moving to the new space, Clark said he realized he could do more with it than just operate a limo service.
With Deep Deuce one block away and a hotel opening next door, Clark pitched the idea of a store to Pitman.
"I'm trying to be a neighborhood grocery store with things you run out of — vegetables, fruits, milk, sandwiches, beer, soft drinks,” Clark said. "I'm also hoping to offer sandwiches from LaBaguette, Johnson Bratwursts, and I'll have ice cream, too.”
Clark said he's enjoying get to know his neighbors. An executive at Sonic in Lower Bricktown who lives in a loft one block north of The Store makes it a stop each morning as he walks to work with his dog. Another person dropping by on Friday was Paige Gregory, a resident of nearby Deep Deuce and vice president of Urban Neighbors.
"It seems to be a little bit like a regular conveience store – a particularly nice convenience store,” Gregory said. "He said that LaBaguette sandwiches will be added, and I think that will be nice. And the central location is helpful.”
Jim Cowan, director of the Bricktown Association, sees no coincidence in The Store opening next to the Hampton Inn, which is to open this fall.
"I think as we see more limited service hotels open up, with no food or beverage operations, we'll see things open that will complement them,” Cowan said. "So what's next? How about a dry cleaners? Or maybe a drug store.”