What’s ahead?

Read­ers had ques­tions about the fu­ture of Plaza Mayor, Quail Springs and Penn Square malls dur­ing this month’s in­stall­ment of Jack Money’s Re­tail Chat.

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Read­ers asked what was com­ing for a closed mall, an on­go­ing com­mer­cial project and other re­tail es­tab­lish­ments dur­ing Oc­to­ber’s Re­tail Chat held by Jack Money on NewsOK.com. Here’s a par­tial tran­script, edited for style and space re­quire­ments.

Q. When I drive on Memo­rial Road past Chisholm Creek, it looks like they are cre­at­ing a lake. What are they do­ing with it?

A. Ac­cord­ing to Chisholm Creek’s master plan, that is part of their project that’s called The Pointe. It will con­sist of a col­lec­tion of build­ings fea­tur­ing re­tail and of­fices that will be built in a V shape around a cen­ter­piece lake on the de­vel­op­ment’s north side, west of Ca­bela’s.

Q. What is next for Plaza Mayor at the Cross­roads?

A. Tammy Fate, the man­ager of re­tail de­vel­op­ment for the Greater Ok­la­homa City Cham­ber, said her or­ga­ni­za­tion is work­ing with its owner to pull to­gether in­for­ma­tion that can be used to mar­ket the prop­erty for other pur­poses.

Q. What kind of re­tail would you like to see added to some of Ok­la­homa City’s pop­u­lar dis­tricts, such as the Plaza, Au­to­mo­bile Al­ley, Mid­town, Brick­town, or Up­town 23rd?

A. I feel like each of th­ese ar­eas al­ready have a pretty de­cent mix between shops, restau­rants/club-bars, and en­ter­tain­ment venues. But cer­tainly, there’s no such thing as too much re­tail, so more would be wel­come just about ev­ery­where.

I would just hope it’s lo­cal, home­grown and in­ter­est­ing enough to bring peo­ple out into those ar­eas. That’s what ben­e­fits our econ­omy, and all of our in­de­pen­dent busi­ness own­ers, for sure!

Q. What is pre­vent­ing a Great Wolf Lodge in Ok­la­homa City or Tulsa? We have to drive

four hours each way to Kansas City, or Grapevine, Texas, and there al­ways are lots of Ok­la­homa li­cense plates in their park­ing lots.

A. The cities’ over­all size, I’d sus­pect. The pop­u­la­tion counts for greater Kansas City and Dal­lasFort Worth are way big­ger than they are for Ok­la­homa City and Tulsa.

Q. I al­ways en­joyed Cross­roads Mall grow­ing up. Do you still see older malls still go­ing the way of ser­vices, in­sti­tu­tional uses and call cen­ters?

A. It is a tough en­vi­ron­ment for malls. Some still do a pretty good job of keep­ing at­trac­tive re­tail in­side their walls, and they al­ways are look­ing for in­no­va­tive ways to stay rel­e­vant. Un­for­tu­nately, yes, we’ve had some that have headed that di­rec­tion, and I hope we don’t see more go down that path.

[PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OK­LA­HOMAN AR­CHIVES]

A com­bined Colom­bian and Mex­i­can dance group per­formed a Colom­bian dance dur­ing the Colom­bian Fes­ti­val in­side Plaza Mayor at the Cross­roads in 2016. The mall soon will close as its own­ers seek to re­de­velop the prop­erty into some­thing else.

[PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OK­LA­HOMAN AR­CHIVES]

Construction was un­der­way at Chisholm Creek’s The Pointe in Septem­ber.

[PHOTO BY JIM BECKEL, THE OK­LA­HOMAN AR­CHIVES]

Au­to­mo­bile Al­ley is busy enough now that it re­quires spe­cial pedes­trian walk signs at in­ter­sec­tions with Broad­way.

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