TULSA, Okla. — The new retail space next to Mother Road Market is on track to open by late spring, according to officials.
Jeff Thompson, the director of food and retail strategy at Mother Road Market, says this is an exciting time for Tulsans.
"We wanted to really activate this corner for all of 11th Street, specifically as a Route 66 destination," says Thompson.
He said they received positive feedback from the community after the success of Tulsa's first food hall attracted half a million visitors in its first year.
"People really wanted to see more retail in here and since we were kind of maxed out in this space, we thought the corner was a great opportunity," says Thompson.
Shops at Mother Road Market will house five small businesses and will be located next to Tulsa's first food hall that opened in the fall of 2018. In its first year, it saw half a million visitors.
That popularity hoping to translate to the shops next door.
"Having a brick and mortar is going to be huge for us and especially on Route 66 and in connection with Mother Road Market," says Lizette Corcoran, owner of Felizsta and one of the new shop owners moving into the retail space.
She currently sells her products at the general store in the food hall and online, but for the first time, she and her husband will operate out of their own space.
"Our concept is we're going to be a fun, modern shop that celebrates Latin American food, culture and design with an emphasis on our Mexican cookies," says Corcoran.
The other tenants will be Oklahoma Distilling Company, a bartending supply store and bottle shop with a tasting bar; Graham Collective, a wellness and lifestyle shop focusing on organic skincare; and Eleanor's Bookshop, a children's and young adult bookstore.
Thompson believes the future of Route 66 is looking hopeful with Shops coming soon and nearby projects in midtown.
"We really believe that with the developments that's already happening with Mother Road Market that a year from now, this area is going to be activated and have a very vibrant nightlife," says Thompson.
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