Shoppes on Peoria


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Updated: 11/13/2012 10:49 pm Published: 11/13/2012 8:57 pm


Long-anticipated promises of new business, shopping, and jobs but questions from neighbors who want to know when the Shoppes on Peoria will open.

The project was targeted for completion this month, but it looks like the holiday shopping rush, won't be happening at Pine and Peoria.

 

Signatures on bare beams marked growth and opportunity in North Tulsa seven months ago.

Today walls are up, and so is anticipation.

 

"We're going to be right here on the corner" said Tim Smallwood. "Patience is a virtue, and it’s going to happen soon."

 

Smallwood will be one of 10 tenants in the shopping center. He's opening his second Tropical Smoothie Cafe. The other sits in Tulsa Hills.

 

"It's going to be a pretty good deal,” said Smallwood.

 

During a ceremony in April, organizers promised the deal would be finished by November.

 

"Right now, a lot of people are unemployed and need jobs," said Deidra Jackson.

 

Jackson is looking for work. The Shoppes on Peoria looks to bring 50 to 100 jobs.

 

"I don't know why they're open right now,” said Jackson.

 

Jackson figured the grand opening would've come just in time for her to earn some holiday cash.

 

Organizers with the project admit they were a little aggressive when it came to setting completion dates for opening doors, but now they say that delay will benefit businesses; especially since construction came in under budget.

 

"We decided to take the money that was left over and add to the tenant improvements," said Tulsa Economic Development Council Executive Director, Rose Washington.

 

Washington said thousands of dollars in left over money will go toward flooring, plumbing, and paint; cash to cover start up costs.

 

"We have to work with the different franchises that tenants are securing, which is another challenge," said Washington.

 

Washington said that’s holding up opening doors.

 

"We're hoping that we can get some of the first tenants in before the Christmas holiday," said Washington.

 

Even so, there's no completion date.

 

"Delays happen,” said Smallwood. “That’s just part of the business."

 

“I’m just waiting on them to open it,” said Jackson. “That's all I need to know."

 

For a while longer, Jackson’s job plans at The Shoppes on Peoria will have to wait.

 

There will be a festival to celebrate the shopping center December 9 from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.


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