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Horizon Group Properties Inc. and CBL & Associates Properties Inc., owners of the Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City, broke ground May 15 on a 28,000-square-foot expansion to house new stores. The 348,000-square-foot mall was completed in August 2011 at Interstate 40 and Council Road.
The second phase is on the southwest corner of the mall and will include Columbia Sports, Ann Taylor Loft, Waterford, Kenneth Cole and Lucky Brand. Work is set for completion in November, but the mall may not be done growing.
“We have the capacity to further expand the center by an additional 31,700 square feet, and we expect to continue to add to the roster of top-shelf stores at the center,” Horizon CEO Gary J. Skoien says.
Country entertainer Toby Keith kicked off his ninth annual golf classic with a groundbreaking for the OK Kids Korral at 818 N.E. Eighth. It is designed as a “home away from home” for children and families being treated for pediatric cancer at Children’s Hospital at University of Oklahoma Medical Center and other nearby facilities. The golf tournament raised $664,000.
The Patience S. Latting Northwest Library opened at 5600 N.W. 122nd and, at 35,000 square feet, is the third-largest library in the Metropolitan Library System. It is named for the former mayor who served from 1971 to 1983. She was the first and, to date, only female mayor in city history. When elected, she was the first woman to serve as mayor of a city in the United States with more than 350,000 people.
The library features nearly 156,000 books, magazines, CDs and DVDs, and has more than 60 computers for public use. Plans for the library were first discussed in the 1970s, the MLS reports, but never came to fruition until recently.
“For years, there has been a need for a library in far northwest Oklahoma City,” says Donna Morris, executive director of the Metropolitan Library system. “And this library is a stunning and innovative one.”
Los Angeles-based frozen yogurt chain Red Mango opened its first Oklahoma store at 1585 S. Broadway. It joins more than 170 Red Mango stores around the country.
The Edmond store will offer 10 flavors of frozen yogurt and toppings ranging from fresh fruit and granola to candy and chocolate sauce, each containing about 100 calories.
The local owner is Amirali Jamal. In 2011, Red Mango has received the top place from Zagat for a frozen yogurt and smoothie chain in the United States.
On the heels of Devon Energy Corp. opening two restaurants, SandRidge Energy plans to open its own eatery in the historic Braniff Building on its Downtown campus.
Kitchen No. 324 will sit on the ground floor of the renovated Braniff and be operated by A Good Egg Dining Group, led by Keith and Heather Paul. It will serve breakfast and lunch in a bistro setting. It will occupy 3,000 square feet and include a cafe, bakery, coffee shop and offer baked goods.
Pricing for breakfast items will be about $6, and lunch tickets will average about $10.
It is expected to open later this year.
“Kitchen No. 324 will be the Downtown address for fresh,” Keith Paul says. “The cuisine will be a nod to the modern palate and American classics, but the design of the restaurant will be a mix of modern and vintage, keeping in mind the history of the Braniff Building for which it is named.”
Locally owned recycling facility operator Cornerstone Metals Recycling opened a facility at 2350 Industrial Blvd. It provides easy access drive-thru for recyclers in the Norman area, south Oklahoma City and Moore and Pauls Valley.
It accepts metals, including aluminum, brass, copper, lead, compressors, electric motors and ballasts. In addition, the facility takes computers and associated electronic equipment and home appliances.