Big business booming in northwest OKC

Friday, August 29, 2014

by Ed Doney


OKLAHOMA CITY – Big business is moving into northwest Oklahoma City.

You might have spotted the start of construction on a lot of projects near Memorial Road, between Western Ave and Pennsylvania Ave.

The Greater OKC Chamber says these new businesses should attract Oklahomans from well beyond the metro.

Hard to believe, but in less than a year, a barren field will host a lot of parties.

The company “Topgolf” has officially broken ground.

This impressive playground lets you hit golf balls off three levels, just a few feet away from live music, a restaurant, bar, billiards, shuffleboard and plenty of HDTVs.

“If you’ve been to one, it’s a great concept,” said Kurt Foreman, Executive VP of the Greater OKC Chamber.

He said Topgolf is one of several businesses coming to this corridor – because of our economy.

“Incomes are rising. Jobs are happening here,” Foreman said. “The state just announced that we have one of the lowest unemployment rates, second lowest of any major metropolitan area in the country.”

Topgolf says they have “been blown away by the support and enthusiasm from the people of Oklahoma.”

“If you’re a retailer there (at Western and Memorial), you want to be near where your customers are.”

New housing editions there should also help the success of the “Main Event,” being built across the street.

It features bowling, laser tag and an aerial ropes course.

Where Sears used to be located, at Quail Springs Mall, a “Von Maur” is slowly coming together, which sells brand-named merchandise.

Foreman expects the variety of these new businesses will generate additional sales tax revenue without taking dollars from established companies.

“For retailers, it means there’s money to be made if they have the right product or service for this market, and we have one of the best markets in the country.”

Also coming to that area is “Baker Hughes”, an oil and gas services company that will create 475 jobs to operate a new manufacturing center.