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DOWNTOWN

In a move expected to save about $80 million annually, Devon Energy Corp. officials
plan to close the company’s Houston office and consolidate those
operations in Oklahoma City. There are about 500 Devon employees in
Houston. That office oversees assets in south and east Texas and in
Louisiana.

Devon CEO John Richels says the Houston
office has made enormous contributions to the company’s growth over the
years, and he welcomes the addition of those employees to the Oklahoma
City headquarters.

“Dramatic changes within our
industry have made it more important than ever to respond quickly to new
opportunities, and to place our talented people in the best position to
overcome challenges,” Richels says. “Oklahoma City continues to grow as
a major hub of the nation’s energy industry, and we believe our
headquarters Downtown provides us with an outstanding foundation for
future growth.”

SOUTHWEST

Love’s Travel Stops opened its first compressed natural gas fuel station for rapid fueling of heavy-duty trucks in October at its Interstate 40 and S. Morgan Road store.

The company also is testing its first 11.9-liter CNG engine, and plans to purchase those engines for its fuel delivery fleet. In 2011, Love’s partnered with Chesapeake Energy Corp. to offer CNG for light-duty and consumer vehicles at stores around the state.

The company reports CNG is approximately $2 per gallon less than diesel. It is looking to expand CNG options at its stores in Oklahoma and Texas.

SOUTH

S&B Burger Joint now has three locations. The most recent opened in late October at Interstate 240 and S. Walker.

Three years ago, owner Bryan Neel opened the original at 5929 N. May in the former Electro Lounge, and last year, the second opened in Automobile Alley at 20 N.W. Ninth.

Known for its record-store decor and build-your-own burgers and sliders, the new store offers an updated menu, including street tacos.

A Norman store is in the works, and set to open late this year or early next year.

Chef Derek Nettle, former executive chef for the Oklahoma governor’s mansion and owner of Venue 104, opened Venue 104 Bistro & Catering in the Palagio Shops at S.W. 104th and Western. Nettle offers upscale dining in an intimate setting with a menu focused on lunch and dinner favorites such as quiche, burgers, seafood and more with a gourmet, Oklahoma-grown twist. New menu options will be offered

as the seasons change, using locally grown and locally raised ingredients.

There is an event center at the site, and catering is available.

EDMOND

Top That! Pizza, a Tulsa-based chain, opened its first metro-area store at 1389 E. 15th in Edmond. The company has four stores in Tulsa, three in Texas and one in Colorado.

Owners Jeff and Lori Walderich created the concept in which diners design their own personal pizzas. Customers are offered a choice of crusts, sauces, cheeses and toppings, and the pizza is assembled in front of them.

McNeil Wealth Management relocated its offices to 941 N.W. 164th, Ste. 4, in Edmond.

“The new location is a good fit for our current needs as a business, and our projected needs as we move forward,” says Branch Manager Christopher McNeil.

The company has been around for nearly 17 years. It offers clients access to unbiased advice and a full range of financial services, including retirement and financial planning, professional money management, individual stocks and bonds, mutual funds, annuities and more.

BRICKTOWN

Chris Johnson, CEO of USA Screen Printing and Embroidery, purchased a building at 220 E. Sheridan for $500,000 in April, and plans to renovate it to lure a national restaurant tenant.

It was built in 1952, and was last home to Bricktown Jokers more than a decade ago. The 6,968-square-foot building has since been boarded up.

Johnson’s plans call for painting the brick building a red similar to that seen down the street at the Bricktown Brewery, 1 N. Oklahoma, adding a patio on the corner of Sheridan and Vince Gill, and replacing the freight doors on the front with a new entrance and lobby.

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