|Updated: 2/24 5:32 pm
||Published: 2/24 1:47 pm
New businesses are getting ready to break ground in Owasso.
In about six months, on a plot of land on the southwest corner of Sam's Club, just east of Highway 169, off 96th Street North, you'll find Whataburger and Hideaway Pizza.
"I'm thrilled. I like Hideaway Pizza. I don't eat many burgers, but I like Hideaway Pizza," lifelong resident Dennis Jernigan told FOX23 News.
"We're excited. We always have that attitude of 'What's next? What are we going to get here next?' Those companies have been on that 'When Are We Gonna Get' list for quite some time," said Owasso Chamber of Commerce President Gary Akin.
Akin tells FOX23, thanks to Sam's Club, the infrastructure is already here.
"What was once, just a couple of years ago, a piece of agricultural property, has now been developed into a commercial property," said Akin.
"It was agricultural property, and then extended the infrastructure: the water, the drainage, the road work, expanding 96th Street North," Akin said.
"I've been around this city since it was all hay fields where we're standing today," said Jernigan.
FOX23 asked the lifelong Owassoan if he's pleased with all of the growth and development.
"Yeah. It's nice," said Jernigan.
FOX23 reached out to Hideaway Pizza to find out when they expect to break ground. A spokesperson tells us one of the business owners actually lives in Owasso.
He's been getting a lot of questions about opening a location here, and is excited to finally make it happen.
The new Hideaway Pizza will be two levels, with more than 5,000 square feet on the main level, including a full bar, and another 1,354 square feet upstairs, to provide a patio and mezzanine.
We found out Hideaway Pizza is still working through the permit process with the City of Owasso.
They hope to break ground in two weeks, and open their doors by the end of the summer.
A company spokeswoman tells us they'll bring as many as 100 jobs to Owasso.
Hideaway Pizza will be built on the same slab as Whataburger, but the two restaurants will have separate entrances.
FOX23 reached out to Whataburger, to find out when they expect to open their doors, but spokespersons never returned our calls.