Von Maur department store to open at Quail Springs in 2014

The 150,000-square-foot store will fill the space vacated by Sears.
by Jennifer Palmer Modified: February 27, 2013 at 8:31 pm •  Published: February 27, 2013

Jim Parrack, senior vice president of retail at Price Edwards & Co., said cities across the country have started offering incentives to lure retailers as cities compete for tax dollars and more retailers have come to expect it — or at least ask for it.

Few department stores are adding locations of the size that was available at Quail Springs Mall, which may have limited the mall owner's options, he added.

“There's not a huge market for anchor space around the country. It would have most likely taken a number of years, in my opinion, to have recruited someone to the space,” he said. “Von Maur is a good get.”

Von Maur's stores are furnished with antiques and in-store pianists entertain shoppers during business hours. Customer service includes free, year-round gift wrapping. The stores carry upscale national and specialty brands like Coach, Kate Spade, Free People, Eileen Fisher, Joe's Jeans and Tommy Bahama.

Renovation of the space begins this summer and will include an exterior brick facade. The store eventually will employ 150-175 workers.

by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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