By JOHN M. WYLIE II, Editor
After years of hoping, planning, and waiting, the official groundbreaking for Oologah’s new Apple Market supermarket has been set for 1 p.m. Monday, June 24.
Everyone is invited to the ceremonies, to be held at the store site on the west side of U.S. 169 and just north of the Oklahoma 88 junction.
“It is a done deal,” Mickey Thompson, executive director of the Rogers County Industrial Development Authority, said.
RCIDA and the Town of Oologah have worked for years to lure a developer, and then arrange financing for the project.
Oologah has been without a supermarket for twelve years, and the new store is seen as the keystone for retail expansion here.
Thompson said construction should take 140 days, allowing the store to open in mid-October and be ready to supply all the goodies for area Thanksgiving feasts.
Thompson said he knew some Oologah residents have been skeptical that local grocery shopping would ever return, but is excited that the wait will be worth it.
The new site, now vacant except for an ATM machine, will hold the grocery and the new headquarters for Lakeside State Bank.
It is immediately north of Pump N Pete’s convenience store and is expected to trigger a retail renaissance along Highway 169 running several blocks north.
Trummel’s Drugs & Gifts already offers an anchor for the retail growth, and the new Utica Park Medical Clinic for Dr. Sam Stauffer is nearing completion two doors south of that, immediately adjacent to the main plant and Oologah store for A-1 Cleaners.
Service businesses are located north of Trummel’s along the highway until it reaches downtown
“This is a great day for Oologah,” Thompson said.