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Robert Pemberton, owner of Crescent Market in Nichols Hills Plaza, confirmed that as of Oct. 30 the store that was founded on the day of the land run in 1889 will close, at least for now.
Cliff Davis, spokesman for Crescent Market, said while this is the end of
one chapter, it is not the end of Crescent Market. He noted that this is not
the original location. The family-owned store has been in several locations
since starting downtown and with each move it grew and thrived.
above, A shopper selects from fresh produce at Crescent Market, located at 6409 Avondale Dr. in Nichols Hills.
Despite customers that flocked to Sunflower Farmers Market when it opened in late August, and with Whole Foods Market opening Oct. 12, Davis said those were factors in Pemberton’s decision, but it also gave him a chance to really think about the future of the store.
“The Pemberton’s welcome healthy competition,” he said. “That’s how people grow.”
Davis said Pemberton has a stack of cards from real estate agents ready to help his store find a new home. When the store closes at the end of the month there will be no temporary location until a new space can be found. Davis said the store would ideally open somewhere in a five-mile radius of its current location.
“It really is just simple math,” he said. “Crescent looks at this as an opportunity to move forward.”