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