It was a golden moment Monday for a new Oologah grocery store.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday afternoon for the new Doc’s Food Stores, Apple Market at the intersection of U.S. 169 and OK 88.
Local officials and Apple Market employees used golden shovels to turn the first dirt for the new store. Crossland Construction will begin work on the store on Monday.
Doc’s Food Stores President Jim Brown said the building should be completed by Nov. 1 and the store should open on Nov. 11. Brown thanked all the parties that made the new store possible at the groundbreaking ceremony.
Construction of the store is being partially financed through a Tax Increment Financing district through the Rogers County Industrial Development Authority. Sales tax from the store will be diverted to RCIDA until the $2.8 million in financing is repaid.
The Brown family operates Country Mart stores in Bixby, Glenpool and Coweta and Apple Markets in Watonga,Fairviewand Newkirk. RCIDA Director Mickey Thompson approached Brown about the possibility of opening a store in Oologah.
“I want to thank Mickey Thompson for coming to my office and asking us to do this,” Brown said. “We’re thrilled to death to be here.”
Thompson worked with the Oologah Town Board to secure the financing through the TIF district. Thompson was impressed with Brown’s reputation for operating small town grocery stores inOklahoma.
“It’s not an accident that I went to Jim Brown. He knows how to run a small town grocery store,” Thompson said. “We’ve finally made it.”