Mov­ing into mid­town

Tulsa World - - Work&money - By Mike Aver­ill

Work is un­der­way on a new Burling­ton in mid­town Tulsa. The store, which will be lo­cated in the for­mer Gord­mans at 1887 S. Yale Ave., is ex­pected to open in the spring of 2018, ac­cord­ing to a com­pany spokes­woman.

That store, and an­other Tulsa location, closed ear­lier this year af­ter the Gord­mans chain filed for bank­ruptcy.

The 300,275-square-foot prop­erty is un­der­go­ing a $650,000 ren­o­va­tion project be­fore the open­ing of the new store, ac­cord­ing to city of Tulsa build­ing per­mits.

Burling­ton Stores Inc. is a New Jer­sey-based off-price ap­parel, home and baby prod­ucts re­tailer with more than 500 stores across the coun­try.

The Cen­ten­nial Plaza location will be Burling­ton's sec­ond Tulsa store. The other is lo­cated at 7030 S. Me­mo­rial Drive.

Cen­ten­nial Plaza has un­der­gone sev­eral changes in the past cou­ple years. Sears, an an­chor ten­ant for years, closed in April.

Sears was the first ma­jor re­tailer to move to the “sub­urbs” when it re­lo­cated its down­town Tulsa store to the in­ter­sec­tion of 21st Street and Yale Av­enue in 1958.

Sears built a new two-story build­ing at that location in the late 1990s. While the de­part­ment store space has mostly sat empty since clos­ing, it was the site of a Hal­loween store dur­ing Oc­to­ber. The Sears Auto Cen­ter re­mains open.

At a Tulsa Trends con­fer­ence ear­lier this month, Cait­lyn Shores of CBRE said large, empty re­tail stores are be­ing di­vided into smaller spa­ces to at­tract ten­ants.

“They (prop­erty own­ers) are go­ing to break them down to two or three ten­ants in­stead of one, large, big-box user,” she said. “We're go­ing to see that as a trend. We've seen it al­ready in Tulsa.”

The for­mer Food Pyra­mid at 81st Street and South Yale Av­enue has been split into a 10Gym and Dol­lar Tree, she said.

Other re­cently opened busi­nesses in the shop­ping cen­ter in­clude Jimmy Hula's, Star­bucks and Mat­tress Firm store.

Zaxby's, a fast-ca­sual fried chicken chain based in Ge­or­gia, opened its third area location in the shop­ping cen­ter ear­lier this year.

Ac­cord­ing to the In­dian Na­tion Coun­cil of Gov­ern­ments traf­fic map, more than 24,000 ve­hi­cles travel in each di­rec­tion daily along Yale Av­enue be­tween 15th to 21st streets.

CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World

Will Har­ri­son, a framer with Robinson Con­struc­tion, car­ries deck­ing out­side the for­mer Gord­mans in Cen­ten­nial Plaza, near 17th Street and Yale Av­enue, on Tues­day.

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