2008: Deep Fork Acquisition, a company sharing the same post office box with Chesapeake Land Development, buys Deep Fork Restaurant, 5418 N Western, for $4.5 million. The property previously sold for $775,000 in 2000. Chesapeake buys a 2,000-square-foot Shell station at 6405 N Western built in 1969 for $3 million. McClendon also begins approaching upscale retailers about moving into a planned upscale shopping center, Classen Curve, that the company sought to build at Classen and Grand Boulevards.
2010: Classen Curve opens. Whole Foods confirms it will anchor a second shopping center, Triangle, that Chesapeake Energy will build just north of Classen Curve.
2011: Crescent Market, a 122-year-old grocery at Nichols Hills Plaza, closes and the owner blames its demise on a $6,000 per month rent increase by landlord Chesapeake. The company announces plans to open its own grocery in the same spot. The adjoining Nichols Hills Drugstore closes its lunch counter and moves into a smaller storefront after being assured by Chesapeake the pharmacy will be included in the new grocery.
2013: Nichols Hills Drugstore leaves Nichols Hills Plaza. The grocery and other commercial projects are left in doubt as McClendon is set to leave Chesapeake Energy on April 1.
STEVE LACKMEYER AND BRIANNA BAILEY, Business Writers